Sometimes when we look around at our circumstances and feel the weight of the pressures of this world, it’s hard to believe that we are loved. How can God allow the hard trials of life if He is good? How can He allow good people to suffer if He loves us?
Well… the short answer is that while He allows trials and tribulations to come to us, He never designed it to be this way. His design, according to Genesis, the creation story in the Bible, was perfect and flawless. There was NO sin. Life was in total perfection. In fact, the Bible teaches that God walked with Adam in the garden.
You are loved – John 3:16 & Jeremiah 31:3
God loved Adam so much that He gave Adam authority over EVERY living creature in the garden. Adam was allowed to name every animal. God loved Adam so much that He literally handmade a wife for Adam. He loved Adam endlessly and perfectly and wanted Adam to love him in return, but He refused to force Adam to love Him. God understood that forced love is not love, it’s tyranny and that is not who God is. Because God loves us, He refuses to FORCE us to love Him, He gave man free will – the ability to make his own choices.
Satan, being the strategic and devious enemy that he is, tempted Eve, deceived her, and led man into violating the rule that His creator established to protect man. Through this sin, Adam placed himself and mankind into bondage to the enemy. The result: This fallen world full of hurts and hardships.
Fortunately, God provided a way to break the bondages caused by sin in our lives – Jesus Christ, God’s only Son did what we could never do. He led a sinless perfect life so that He could bear the burden of our sins so we wouldn’t have to. He allowed Himself to be beaten and hung on the cross so that we can be delivered from the consequences of sin. He came to give us eternal life and liberty from sin to walking freely in Him.
Often times, we doubt His love because of bad experiences in our lives, and yet He somehow has brought us through EVERY dark day to this point. Perhaps you wonder why. (Yes it is ok to ask God why… He is a big God and He can handle your questions) Well, the why goes all the way back to the beginning where God walked with Adam. Just like with Adam, God wants a relationship with YOU.
When we are at our lowest, God is right there with us, waiting for us to invite Him in… into our hearts, lives, and circumstances.
Psalm 34:18 (ESV) says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Whether it feels like it or not, the truth is that when we call upon His name, we open up the door for Him to do the miraculous and the impossible. What are you facing today? Call upon Jesus and yield your hear to His way and He will save you.
Maybe you don’t know how. Just talk to Him. Out loud. Yes, we know it’s awkward at first, but THAT is what He truly desires from you.
If you have questions or you need someone to talk to, we are here. Are you ready to take your relationship with God to the next level, we can help. Have you decided you want to give your life to Christ but not sure what to do next? Give us a call… we want to help.