Our dim view of God often causes us to wrongly judge Him and thus, live sickly lives. Is heartbreak causing you to lose sleep? Has someone wronged you and you feel like a time bomb ready to explode? Is a past mistake clouding you with guilt? If Jesus has healed us, why do we live like we’re sick? The Bible 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)

In his brilliant book “The Shack,” author William Young characterizes the brutal murder of the daughter of the main character, Mac, as his “Great Sadness.” Mac’s entire life was clouded by it. The reason Mac couldn’t let it go wasn’t–because of the of the murderer’s actions–rather, it was because he blamed and judged God for allowing evil to harm his daughter. His view of God was warped by terrible events in his childhood and He wouldn’t allow God to help him. This hit home in my own heart.

My own dim view of God deceived me for years.

I judged God for allowing the evil which caused my pain instead of trusting Him to help. I wanted my free will but was blaming God for the consequences of the collective free will of others. Thus, seeking Him was my last resort. I’m so glad I finally did! Seeking God with all our heart means we long to know Him no matter what the cost. We long for His Word and reject any choice that separates us from Him. When we’re close to Him, we discover how good He is and how wrong we were about Him. He 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.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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