Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God? - John 11:40
I have struggled with believing, at times in my life, that God has mistreated me. At the core of that belief is a denial of God's righteousness. The result in my soul is a distrust of God and a loss of joy in God.
What I have learned is that I must humble myself by beginning my response to trials and pain with faith that God is righteous . . . that He is dealing with me according to who He has revealed Himself to be in the Scriptures and in His Son, Jesus. God has revealed Himself to be patient, forbearing, and kind (Romans 2:4), and so He is, even if my circumstances seem to deny it. God has revealed Himself to be utterly faithful to fulfill all His promises to His people (Joshua 23:14), and so He is, even if my circumstances seem to deny it for the moment. God has revealed Himself to be utterly faithful to His people (Hebrews 13:5-6), and so He is, even if my circumstances seem to deny it. God has revealed Himself to be so good, so powerful and so wise that He will always turn everything to good in the lives of His people (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28), and so He does, even if I cannot see that good in the moment. God has revealed that He perfectly loves and has totally forgiven all who turn from their sin to trust in Jesus and His death in our place for salvation from sin's penalty and dominion (Romans 5:1-11), and so He does, even if I do not feel that love and that forgiveness in the moment.
If we will humble ourselves and believe that God is righteous–true to all He has revealed about Himself and His work to save us through Jesus–then we will one day understand and see how all those revealed characteristics of God and all His promises were proving true in the midst of our pain (John 11:40). In that faith we can find joy and peace in God, even when our circumstances weigh heavily upon us (Romans 15:13).
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One-Year Bible Reading
2 Chronicles 29:1-36