Gotta Have A Little Faith
She was young and beautifully bold, yet somewhat shy as she asked the question, so innocently, “if God is so great and everything, then why does He let bad stuff happen?” I looked back into her sweet brave but confused eyes, as she shared this question and smiled. She prefaced this question with, “ I hope you don’t think I am bad for asking this?”
The innocents and humility of this question are so beautiful. When it was asked, I saw in her little face such a hunger for knowledge and a desire to understand and know God personally. As we get older we tend to hide a bit more. Afraid to ask the confusing questions and maybe we guard a bit in fear, yes fear, that someone might find us out, that we may not always have the answers. If we always had the answers then that would really limit our need for God. I learned never to limit God for when I do, and I have, as I am human, He surprises us every time with His Grace.
When answering this question, it is only the beginning of a journey to helping add clarity of accepting the reality of Christ in your life. Let's call it the Uh huh factor. “Well”, I said to her, “first that is a wonderful question and second never worry about my thinking you’re bad, see I only want for you to understand there is one God and He forgives us all the time. He loves us unconditionally and He is always there even when we’re mad or sad or acting out a bit. He is so awesome and He wants and loves questions about Him. This shows you want to know Him and that is exactly what He wants because He already knows you.”
To put your faith in God and believe in Him is just the first step to an amazing journey. When we do this Christ can live in our hearts and there He remains forever. Sadly there is a misconception that God makes bad things happen. Perhaps in some cases, He allows it, for our growth or the completion of His plan. But He never wants bad things to come to us. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.” He died for us, all we need to do is go to Him in prayer and ask for His forgiveness and then trust in His promises. “That God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believe in Him shall not perish and have eternal life. John 3:16” Now this does not mean we will not meet challenges or trials. It does not mean we will never suffer or have tough times again. “He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10”
See, God has chosen us to be His instruments of peace and to shine a light for Him that is so bright and welcoming. He wants for us to reach out to others. When you are lost yourself, you can go to Him, He is right there with you, every step of the way. At the same time, we have to work hard to not become bottom feeders and just get by on scraps. We need to do our best to float to the top. Not trying to be cheeky or preachy just real. We need to feed upon His word and share it with all who come to be fed.
God wants you on His team no matter what. No matter how awkwardly you play, no matter how much you mess up, no matter what you have done in the past or for that matter in the future. God wants to be your coach, your confidant and your best friend. God wants to be your everything. All you have to do is ask Him into your heart, ask Him to forgive you and give you strength. We are called as our sins have died with Christ and so we are raised in Him to live for Him.
Colossians 3: 12-14, Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
We, myself included, may not always do as the above passage states. Human nature and the flesh bind us to imperfection. However, to know Him is to love Him and we are so blessed with His perfect word. We just have to remember to feed on the right stuff. Try not to judge one another, but we will, however, we may not know what is written on someone’s heart. God needs all of us and we are not all going to act or look the same, if we did, we would be a small group. God willing we will grow closer to Him by His Grace. We will learn from Him all we gotta have, is a little faith.
Peace in your stages
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