Understanding God’s intentions toward us is real important
for moving forward with a healed soul. With all of us there are real issues
that need to be resolved, but resolution will be impaired if we don’t believe
that we can come to God and get real help.
The prophet Jeremiah wrapped up God’s intentions in His words forIsrael.
Jeremiah 29:11 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. NIV
In our natural and unregenerate state we want to blame God
for our hurts and sorrows. You can see
that blaming God and blaming others started with the first sin. Adams “new”
unrighteous nature was to blame his wife for his problem. Satan is the father of this blame
casting. He brings forth the “inspiration”
to blame God for all of our trials and problems.
Genesis 3:12 The man
said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the
tree, and I ate it.”
So we ask…
“How could a loving God have allowed this to happen
“Where was God?”
“Why didn’t God stop this abuse and rejection?”
These kinds of
unresolved questions keep us from the truth.
Satan uses this wrong thinking to propagate division and
alienation between God and us. We
falsely believe that God’s “sovereignty” means that God is absolutely
in charge of all things at all times; the good and the evil. Therefore, we interpret evil and harm as,
“God allowed this hurt to happen” and “God wasn’t there to protect me from this
happening”. Satan comes and says,
“See there, if God is so good, where is He now?” “Where was your God then?” “God doesn’t care about you..” If we fall for this kind of thinking we’ll
never see God’s true intentions nor will we see the great expense He’s gone to
in order to redeem us from our fall.
After man’s fall we became separated from God and subject
to Satan. All of Adams
children have been bound by evil. God
has spent all of His dealings with mankind trying to reverse what man did in
the garden. Trying to give us (free
moral agents) a choice. The law gave us
the closest idea of a righteous lifestyle choice that God could devise without
a restoration of the heart. The law
affected our behavior and thus God attached a blessing to it. But ultimately mankind had to be restored in
His heart back to God to receive the ability to overcome Satan. In the cross Jesus put to death the power of
Satan over Adam for all who will believe.
In the resurrection Jesus gave newness of life to all who will believe.
Mankind has always been able to chose to follow God or
follow Satan. God did not force Adam and
Eve to choose the path of blessing, but He did warn them. Don’t you think He wept when they disobeyed
Him? Don’t you think He wept when He
removed them from the Garden? Don’t you
think He wept when Cain killed Abel?
You say He could have stopped all that!
Yes, but would He really have free moral agents created in His likeness
if He stepped in every time we were about to do evil. More typically God will:
- Warn us (as He did Adam and Eve)
- Restore us when we turn to him.
- Judge all sin and the abuse of authority in the
- Vindicate the righteous and the innocent for
This is precisely how God dealt with the unjust sufferings
and rejection of Jesus. You’ll notice that though Jesus did not deal with
“self rejection” and inferiority he was still affected by the spirit
of rejection in the world. Men envied
Him and hated Him. They rejected Him and
His claims. They spat on Him, stripped
Him, beat Him and killed Him.
Where was God? He
could have intervened. He could have
rescued Him from all that punishment. We
must interpret the painful events of humanity from this kind of Biblical
context. God doesn’t restrict all the
hurtful and evil affairs of humanity, but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t
take note of them. The result with
- God justified Him
- God raised Him up
- God bestowed on Him the name above all names
- God seated Him at the highest place!
When someone injures you, it catches Gods’ attention. When someone injures you, God is
grieved. I believe God begins to tell
them it was wrong. He comes through some
means and warns them and as we know the Holy Spirit has come into the world to
convict men of sin, rightesouness and judgement (John 16:8). However God does not force people to stop
evil works. Rather if they keep choosing this kind of behavior there will be a
price to pay. He gives them a chance to repent before
pouring out judgement. The Word says
that He is a righteous judge and that He is judging all things even now. And the Word says that He will recompense all
men for their evil deeds.
In the case of Jesus, Peter writes that Jesus entrusted
Himself to God, the One who judges righteously.
God is aware of your injuries just as He was with Jesus. Right now I’m asking you that you will begin
to entrust yourself to God. Peter goes
on to tell us that Jesus did this as an example for us to follow. We too are to trust God to avenge us and
judge those who harmed us.
You’ve been hurt and abused. You’ve faced rejection. God will comfort you if you will allow Him.
God will be your avenger if you will allow Him to be. God will be your restoration if you will
allow Him to be. Won’t you trust Jesus! Won’t you cast your cares upon Him and realize
He care for you!
Won’t you let Him speak into your heart and tell you the
truth about His intentions and His love for you!
1 Peter 2:21 To this
you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that
you should follow in his steps. “He
committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did
not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted
himself to him who judges justly.