Good news — God loves us so much, that He has an overwhelming desire in His heart to bless and help His children, the believers. He is not “out to get us” when we fall short, or “teach us a lesson” by bringing calamity to us when we fail. That does not line up with His character, and He has been greatly misrepresented, even in our churches.
Now do not misunderstand, if we make bad decisions, we very well may get bad results. But let’s not blame God. In fact, He is usually trying to get our attention to steer us away from the temptation that leads to poor choices and unpleasant outcomes.
As believers (saved people), we must understand our relationship with God the Creator. When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, God became our Father, as we are adopted into His family, and every promise in His word belongs to us (2 Corin 1:20). He promises us that He wants us to have peace (John 14:27, Phil.4:6-7), joy (John 15:11; 16:24), prosperity (Psalm 35:27, 3John v.2), and Jesus promised in numerous Scriptures that He would help us (John 14:13-14, Matt 7:7-11). God is a good, good Father, as the song says.
I overheard a conversation recently where one man said to another in reference to a child’s death, “now what does God have to do to you to get your attention,” implying that God killed a child to teach someone a lesson. That is a ridiculous statement that is completely opposite God’s character.
Jesus said “the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy,” but that He wants to help us have an abundant life. The New Testament bears the truth of this out in obvious fashion. Jesus went into several places and healed everyone, but not once did He go into a village and “make someone sick to teach them a lesson.” No, not once, because that is not what He does. He loves us, is always with us, always wants the best for us, and is always trying to help us. That is the truth of the Word, not “God is going get you.”
Ephesians 3:16-20 explains this principle quite well, saying that Father wants us to be strengthened in the wonderful experience of His love, and that we be filled with His fullness so that we might access His best in every area our lives.
When we understand His great love for us, that will draw us to Him, which is His heart’s desire. Thank You Lord!
John Pulliam is director of Choose Life Counseling Services.