Some use their past hurts and betrayals that others have inflicted upon them as an excuse to reject God. After all, they may think, “Why did God let this happen to me? Doesn’t He care?”
This perception satisfies Satan. He is happy with these assessments they have concluded; because they have led a person to a place of doubt and unbelief. That is his aim.
If you find yourself at this juncture, let me tell you about a sadder outcome to your current struggle:
To not believe in Christ is to reject His remedy for your griefs. Satan wants to crush you because of your affliction. But God, through His Son, wants to strengthen you by them. Did you know that He can use all of what happens to you for good? (Romans 8:28).
You may feel like your life is in the dark, full of gloom and doom, but did you also know that, “The day is God’s and also the night…” (Psalm 74:16). He is sovereign over all and able to overcome whatever you face.Satan wants to crush you because of your affliction. But God, through His Son, wants to strengthen you by them. Click To Tweet
The caveat of not trusting God is you embrace eternal suffering. You miss out on the Holy Spirit’s immeasurable power and immense strength to help you live above your miseries and be forever conquerors.
Do you really want to go there? There is a better way.
I read a great quote from one of my favorite magazines (Christianity Today, Feb 2018):
“In God, there is no darkness, but in darkness, I saw God everywhere.”
If we choose to remain apart from God while in our infirmities, we will only see darkness, but if we believe in Him, trust Him, and lean deeply into Him, we will see Him at work, even in the toughest of hardships we face.
Consider the outcome of God’s way out of affliction:
“…we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope does not disappoint because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).
The result of trusting God in the hardships is hope, the kind that fully satisfies, but notice in the middle of this progression from affliction to hope two little words:
The KJV translates ‘proven character’ as experience. In other words, endurance produces a history. If we choose to believe God, we see Him chronicle His faithfulness in our lifetime. Not only do we have the experience of suffering that can be used to comfort others in the same situation, we also have an account of our struggles bringing praise to the glory of God through His power over them.
The pit of troubles is dark, dingy, and draining; it can be deep, full of despair. Without God, you are sure to sink into it, never to return. Without God, there is no remedy or relief from your misery.
But as Job, who chose to trust God, regardless of the horror he experienced in his life exclaimed, “He redeemed my soul from going down to the Pit, and I will continue to see the light” (Job 33:28). His trust in God kept him from descending into the pit of total despair.
I know of a young girl who has gone through much disappointment and heartache in her childhood. She has now chosen to reject God because she doesn’t understand why He allowed so much pain in her life. If she could only fathom that her contempt toward God only intensifies because she doubts Him? At the bottom of my heart, I so want her to trust God. But it is her choice. I can only be a light and pray.
Some choose the path of faith and find freedom. Some choose a path of contempt and remain in captivity.
What will you do with the hurts and betrayals you are facing? Who will you trust? Your perception or God’s faithfulness to deliver you?