“If God is good, then why does He let bad things happen?”
Have you ever thought that?
If God isn’t all good, if He’s sometimes evil, then I wouldn’t have to trust Him. If His judgment is fallible, then I could rely on my own reasoning over the Word of God. If He’s not really for me, I could do things my own way, rather than obeying Him. And if He’s not Sovereign, then I could spiral effortlessly into anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.
What would happen if I truly believed that God is Who the Word says He is?
- Rather than feeling anxious, I would trust in the Lord, rejoice that He’s got it all under control, and feel peace. (Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 6:25-34)
- Rather than leaning on my own imperfect understanding to make devastating decisions, I would seek all-knowing God for His wisdom and follow His lead. (Proverbs 3:6-7, Isaiah 55:6-9)
- Rather than pornography or some other worldly thing captivating me, sin would lose its appeal, as I fix my eyes on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
- Rather than running in my own strength and burning out, I would do only the things God asks of me, and do them in His power. (Philippians 4:13)
- Rather than ceasing to pray, I would pray without ceasing and see miracles happen. (Ephesians 6:18)
- Rather than depressing myself and others, I would worship God and feel joy in His presence. (Psalm 16:11, Galatians 5:22-25)
- Rather than letting the darkness overwhelm me, I would shine for Christ, pushing back the darkness with His Light. (Matthew 5:11-16, Philippians 2:14-15)
- Rather than getting angry at God or pointing a finger at someone else, I would take responsibility for my sinful reactions, and let God change me, so my circumstances and the people around me would also then change. (Matthew 7:1-5, 1 John 1:9-10, Matthew 5:16)
So, here is my challenge to you today:
Ask the Lord when you first began to doubt His goodness. Let Him take you to that memory. Feel what you felt when that happened, so you can find the lies, like “God isn’t really All-Powerful because He didn’t protect me,” or “God doesn’t care,” etc. Then ask Him for His truth. Let Him plant it deep in your heart.
Need some extra Truth ammunition to blow the lies out of your mind? Look up these verses and write what God shows you in your journal:
- 1 Chronicles 16:34
- 2 Chronicles 5:13
- Psalm 25:8
- Psalm 33:5
- Psalm 34:8
- Psalm 69:16
- Psalm 85:12
- Psalm 100:5
- Psalm 106:1
- Psalm 107:1
- Psalm 109:21
- Psalm 118:1, 29
- Psalm 135:3
- Psalm 136:1
- Psalm 143:10
- Psalm 145:9
- Jeremiah 33:11
- Lamentations 3:25
- Nahum 1:7
- Matthew 19:17
- Mark 10:18
- Luke 18:19
Don’t let the father of lies kill your joy, rob your peace, or destroy your faith. John 10:10.
Jesus said to them, … “Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my Word. You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.John 8:42-47 NRSV
The areas of our lives where we do not believe Truth are the very places we have allowed the father of lies to take us captive to think and do his bidding.