Many of us faithfully worship God each Sunday at church and praise Him for the many blessings in our lives, but it’s a whole other story to worship and rejoice when the storms of life hit.
When the sinful actions of others (and even our own disobedience) start to deliver painful consequences – cursing God can be tempting – or rejecting our faith altogether.
But if we pause, we can find comfort and remember that it’s only through the testing and purifying of our hearts that our faith can be shown as genuine – which will help us avoid believing the biggest lie of all time.
You see, many people assume that because God can do something, He will.
Maybe you prayed to get your “dream job,” but the interviewer picked someone else.
Or perhaps you prayed for a relationship to be restored, or a sickness to be healed…
… only to watch your spouse walk away and your loved one die.
During these painful moments – satan tempts us to doubt the goodness of God.
Those who aren’t yet mature in their faiths think that God has abandoned them in their darkest hours – but nothing could be further from the truth.
While we don’t understand in our finite minds “why” God let’s certain situations occur and prevents others from happening – as Christians, we MUST remember that He is God, and we are not.
Despite the willfulness and sinfulness of man – His purpose cannot be thwarted.
Sometimes we can view God almost as a “genie in the sky” – expecting Him to grant every wish and prayer we make – as if He operates on our time!
And when He doesn’t give us what we want – we rebel against Him.
Which is why now, more than ever, we must keep a humble posture before God – hands open and heart pure – truly praying with the right motives – and trusting that God will answer our prayers based on His perfect will.
When we stop viewing God on our own terms – and instead study His Word to understand His character – we can rest in knowing He’s got our lives covered.
And the truth is – we might think we need a certain situation in our lives to go a specific way – but God in His perfect wisdom knows all.
If a door closes in your life – trust that God knows what He’s doing; He could be protecting you from harm.
The worst thing you could ever pray for in your life is for your own will to be done.
Even if you really “want” a certain situation in your life to turn out one way – let us pray as Jesus did.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Let us worship God solely for who He is, not what He gives.
Loving God means accepting that He is in control, and we are not.
And by worshiping Him in every season – our faith can be a witness to a dying world, showing what it means to truly walk by faith, and not by sight.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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