16. Hard Times and a Good God

For a while now, I’ve felt thrown around by life.  Because of my strong assurance that God is in control, that made me view God as not being good.  Being in an atmosphere with other believers this past month as I work at a Christian summer camp has challenged that thinking, though.

These people trust God.  One quote that I picked up is, “God is not a safe god, but He is good.”

Sometimes it can be easy to confuse the two.

The people here choose to look at the Bible and believe what it says, rather than their very present circumstances; they look beyond, with hope, to who God is and what He is working to accomplish.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”  

– Jeremiah 29:11

That verse, if truly believed, helps us to be hopeful through every hardship.

If God left me, or any of us, to our own devices, we would drive ourselves into a deep pit of sin.  In fact, to an extent, He has allows us (as Christians) to do just that at times.  He is so gracious in not letting us be engulfed by the sin we fall back into, though.  We are all full of sin.  (1 John 1:8)  We must ask God to cleanse us, by Jesus’ blood, resurrection power, through the working of the Holy Spirit.  He is a God of second chances.  It amazes me how He brings good out of the bad, each time.

The good only can come when we give Him permission to have control, though; when we let go of our plans, pride, and take fully ahold of God and whatever He may have in store.  The victorious Christian walk is one of constant release.

Call it faith–  Taking action as if what God says in the Bible is true.  (No matter if it goes against what you want at the time.)  There are no promises of feeling at peace in the moment, but rest and peace are in the future when you are chasing God’s heart.

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