Social networks are both good and bad. On the good side, I connect with family and friends I would ordinarily never hear from. On the bad side, they become a forum for mistruths that people, in their blindness, pass around.
There are several which consistently get told about God. Supposed, cute little sayings that at a glance seem harmless, but with a deeper look are completely untrue. So adjusting my target again, I thought I'd take the top five and speak in God's defense.
1. God did not put you in the midst of the storm.
God is light. In Him is no darkness at all. (1Jn 1:4-6) God is also love. (1Jn 4:8,16) Setting aside the fact Jesus calmed the storm (Mk 4:39) and told His disciples through their own faith, they could've done so, a God of pure light and pure love isn't going to drop you into the midst of the storm. God is here to hold your hand and lead you out. He is a God of peace, who desires for you to have His peace in every situation. (Rm 15:13)
2. God did not shut the door to leave you in the hallway.
God wants you to prosper above all things. (3Jn 1:2) He provides the way to do the task He's give you, the power to do it, and the wisdom you need to pull it off. He's behind you one hundred percent in anything He's called you to do. (Jn 14:26)
Yes, sometimes we can only see the footsteps right in front of us, but that's never because He's abandoned us. Instead, He's sent the Comforter to be with us every step of the way. (Jn 16:7)
3. God is never silent during a "test."
Because God didn't give you the test. He stated this Himself. "No one who is tempted should ever be confused and say that God is testing him. The One who created us is free from evil and can’t be tempted, so He doesn’t tempt anyone." (Jas 1:13 VOICE)
When we don't hear God speaking, we aren't listening. His still, small voice (1Ki 19:12) is easily drowned out by the clamor around us. We must turn off the noise, find quiet time, and hear what He's been saying all along. (Mt 11:15;13:9)
4. God didn't lead you into the desert.
The Israelites ended up wandering in the desert through their own disobedience. That wasn't God's best plan for them. (Num 32:13) Yet in all that time, He provided for them - food (manna), water (from the rock), and clothing. The Scripture says not even their shoes wore out. (Deu 2:7;8:4;29:5) They lacked nothing.
God hasn't changed since then. (Mal 3:6) What He wanted for His people then, He wants for His children today. Salvation is all inclusive. It's life for your body, your finances, your children - wherever you need. God's arm isn't short so that He cannot save. (Is 50:2;59:1) He desires for you to have success. The receiving of it is up to us. (Jos 1:8)
5. God does not permit suffering.
God isn't randomly choosing who will have a hard time on earth and who will not. He told us who is responsible for poverty, sickness, anything that makes you "suffer" - the thief (the devil). The devil's job is to steal, kill, and destroy. (Jn 10:10) But Jesus came, died on the cross, and rose from the dead to bring life.
It's really that simple. If it's bad, if it made you feel unwell, if it took something from you that hurt your family, if it destroy, stole, or killed, it was from the devil. Death and all the side effects of death are in the world, and we live here, so sometimes whether we planned it or not, stuff happens.But God wants us to turn to Him, not to place blame, but to rejoice in faith that He's with us and will heal whatever it is that's come against us if we'll believe.
A house divided against itself will fall. (Mt 12:25) Satan cannot cast out Satan. (Mk 3:23) So it's impossible to believe God would cause (permit) the suffering and then heal you of it. That makes Him a liar and Jesus' death of no effect. (Tit 1:2)
We have been told to discern what we hear. I see too many Christians willing to accept things at face value without taking the time to dig into the Word of God and find the truth. They are, in effect, spiritual sponges, sopping up whatever they land in. Along the way, God gets the blame for a lot of things He didn't do and won't do.
However, it's our job to have so much of God in us that when we see these things, we rise up immediately and say, "No, not my Savior. Not my heavenly Father." And then seek Him always if we simply don't understand. Because in the end, the biggest point of all goes to Him for loving us so much that He rescued us while we wallowed in our sin. Love like that deserves our time and devotion.
Suzanne D. Williams
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Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for
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