Trusting the Author
“I trust the next chapter because I know the author.” Who do you view to be the author of your life? Is it yourself, others, or God? Every relationship requires trust, and just as God trusts that we will obey Him and do our best to become living examples of the word, we need to trust that God is our True Author. So often when we experience pain and suffering in this life we want to know the reasons and we want someone to blame--whether that is ourselves, others, and many times even God.
At the end of the day the reasons and blame do not change that fact that we will go and are going through difficulties. There are two reasons why we can be 100% confident in knowing that God is not apathetic and is not sitting up in heaven writing our own demise. The first reason: it wouldn’t make sense for God to send His only Son down to Earth to suffer, giving us freedom from sin, if after everything he was going to take a backseat and plot our demise. The second and more important reason: He and Christ both tell us so! Just as when Moses asked, “Why would you bring trouble on these people? And God replied, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country” (Exodus 5:22-6:1). Just as God showed many signs to Gideon proving that He was with him. Just as Christ said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they" (Matthew 6:26)? I could give even more examples from God, Christ, and the disciples, but the point is that God is and always will be there for us: He loves us, He is the light not the dark, He is not the sower of our demise, and He along with Christ will save us.
Being saved does not mean that we won’t suffer or know the consequences from our actions and thoughts. Proverbs 13:24 clearly shows us that discipline and suffering can be a good thing because it can help us learn and grow. God gives us the tools to grow and turn our suffering from a painful experience to one of content, if not beauty. When we are not seeking God, suffering does seem random, pointless and bitter. If you are not seeking God at this moment, repent, ask questions, and draw near to Him in His word and prayer. If you need prayers, encouragement or help of any kind, please let us know!