When you realize that God is in control of everything, it is easier to accept the tough times.
We think of good or bad from a worldly perspective only. It’s not necessarily our fault, that’s just all we know. We see, taste, and touch the material world and so we are more naturally connected to this world.
When we come closer to Jesus Christ, we start to realize that we are not of the world as much as we are in the world. Just as an any relationship, the closer we are to another person, the more we become like them. We start to take on some of their mannerisms and even think like them. The same thing goes in the Christian life. The closer we get to Jesus Christ, the more we get to be like Him and see things the way that He sees them.
Once again, we look at things from a worldly perspective, and we see our circumstances as either good or bad. In truth, there really is nothing but the good. The Bible says that God will use all things for the good of those who love Him who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). If you are called to God, it is because you are His child. We are all His children, but some people do not heed that call.
We get ourselves into all kinds of trouble and tough situations. It is unfortunate, but we are our own worst enemy at times. We hear people say that “the devil made me do it.” Don’t go blaming the devil for everything that you screwed up, that just gives the evil one too much credit that he doesn’t deserve. He’s not that powerful.
When you become a child of God through the blood of Jesus Christ that makes it possible, you start getting more and more into the will of our Heavenly Father. If you are squarely in His will, then even what the world considers bad circumstances end up having a positive outcome. We may not always see that positive outcome immediately, because it may not be happening to us at that moment. If you saw the end of the story from the beginning the way that God does, you would see the good in all things. Just as He promised, He will work all things for our good when we are called according to His purpose.
Am I to accept only the good from my Heavenly Father? Like the Bible says in Job 2, “Shall we accept good from God and not also adversity?”
To put it in Jesus’ terms, shouldn’t I drink from either cup that my Father in Heaven hands me? I would rather have tough things given to me by someone who loves me, because what an enemy gives me may look good on the surface, but be festering disease on the inside.
God loves us more than we could ever possibly understand this side of Heaven. Just like our moms would give us some nasty tasting cough syrup that would help us, sometimes the cup that we drink from that our heavenly father hands us kind of tastes bad.
Granted, that bad taste goes on for a long time from a worldly standpoint possibly, but in the vast expanse of eternity, even a hundred years is just a blink of an eye. If it takes a relatively short-lived struggle to get to Heaven, it’s worth it. As the Apostle Paul said, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor 4:17
Know that anything God gives us is for our good because of how much He loves us. He would never give us something to harm us. Even what we see is bad is for a greater good for ourselves and the rest of his children.
The Father has no malice in him. When you realize that the great “I AM” is for you and with you, then there is no good or bad, their just “is”. It is all good in the end.
When you look at the cross of Christ, you can see that. I’m sure the apostles seeing their Messiah spilling his Godly blood everywhere was heart wrenching. I’m sure it was bad at the time and for a few days after that, from a worldly standpoint. But then Christ was raised from the dead to allow us to believe in His victory over death forever. Had Friday not happened, there would be no Sunday. Had the cross of Christ never happened, we would never be able to get into Heaven, because we would still be holding onto our sin.
He took our punishment on the cross, and paid our penalty with his blood. The greatest bad, and yet, it’s the greatest good that could ever be. It’s our salvation!
Try to look at life the way the Creator looks at life, and you too can have His peace; a peace that surpasses all understanding. It’s all good!
God’s blessings to you.