Our dim view of God often causes us to live unnecessarily overshadowed by sadness. Sadness comes in many forms. Perhaps heartbreak or hurt is sickening us so much that we can’t sleep or eat. Maybe our great plans failed or someone wronged us and we’re constantly on the edge of exploding in anger. Perhaps we made a horrible mistake and our life is clouded by guilt. These negative emotions prevent us from enjoying God’s goodness. How sad! If we are God’s child, He took our sadness and thus, taking it back is OUR choice. His Word says, “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5) So, why do we choose sadness when we don’t have to? In his book “The Shack,” William P. Young characterizes the brutal murder of Mac’s daughter as his “Great Sadness.” Mac’s entire life was clouded by it. The reason he wouldn’t let it go was NOT because of the horrible nature of the offender’s actions against his innocent daughter, but rather, because he wouldn’t turn to God for help. He blamed God and judged God for allowing evil to harm his daughter. His view of God was so warped by the terrible events of his childhood He wouldn’t allow God to help him get through the present. Our dim view of God deceives us and we judge God for allowing the evil which causes our pain instead of trust Him to help. We desire free will but we’re quick to blame God for the consequences. Thus, seeking Him is often our last resort. Seeking God with all our heart means we long to know Him no matter what the cost. We begin to long for His Word and to reject anything separating us from Him. When we’re close to Him we discover how good He is and how wrong we were about Him. He Word tenderly entreats us: “cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) When we know God, we know His goodness and we trust Him with every sadness. His joy overcomes our sadness!