by Renee Scott
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NLT)
I am free from the thought that everything bad happening in my life is from God. The mindset that God is only out to “get” you is simply not true. If it were, why does Paul share in Romans 8:28 that ALL things work for the good of those who love Him?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (KJV)
God lovers, take joy! This passage of scripture is one of hope and confidence. It doesn’t mean that as a believer, we will be excluded from hardships, but it does however give the promise of a greater cause for our struggles. Trials will come to our lives. Situations may arise that are so painful; we don’t understand how a loving Savior could allow them to happen. We may even wonder if it’s punishment for wrong deeds.
For the longest time I feared the challenges and obstacles in my life were the result of sin and God was out to penalize me. I deserved discipline and He was there to make sure it was carried out. Fortunately through my study of God’s word, I realized my mindset was far away from God’s desire.
We are created to be in relationship with God. Relationship comes through experience and knowledge of His ability.
We weren’t birthed to have Him punish us for every little thing we do wrong. He is a God of grace (unmerited divine assistance) and mercy (forbearance shown to an offender). Those “bad” things happening in our lives are meant to grow our faith. James even starts his first chapter by telling us to take joy in our tests.
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. James 1:2-4 (MSG)
Start your weekend by knowing that God is so in love with you. He sacrificed His son for you. He knows your pain and sees your frustration. He’s not mad with you; just ready to take you to another level of knowing Him. Get ready to understand Him in a greater and deeper way. The best is yet to come!
Renee Scott is co-founder of the popular blog, Double Portion Inspiration, where she shares encouragement and inspiration to men and women all over the world. She’s been a member of Grace Family Church for four years. She loves to run and recently completed her first half marathon. She is a wife of over 14 years and mother of two children.