It is really hard to understand why God would choose to allow pain and heartache into our lives, but we see Scripture speak to this very thing. Because we cannot understand God fully or see our lives from His perspective, we must live in faith, believing that He will heal what He wounds. He will redeem what He destroys. He will restore what He takes. There is a purpose for everything that He chooses to do.
In this present world, many Christians want to focus strictly on the love of God. They want to see God as only bringing us prosperity – as a God that only heaps us with positive gifts and benefits. They refuse to believe that a loving God would allow or even bring difficulties and hardships into our lives. They miss the fact that the love of God is what moves Him to do what is best for us, even when that means something that brings us pain and doesn’t make sense to us, because ultimately, it is for our good.
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand. Deuteronomy 32:39
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21b
Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil? Job 2:10b
For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal. Job 5:18
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. Proverbs 20:30
The Lord binds up the brokenness of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow. Isaiah 30:26b
For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17a
For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? Lamentations 3:31-32, 37-38
We can find freedom or bondage in this truth. If we believe that God wants what is best for us, we can find freedom in this truth, knowing that He not only controls the positives in our lives, but He’s also in charge of and directs the seeming negative in our lives as well. What security should be found in that! Nothing catches God by surprise. He has it all figured out. Rest in the security of His sovereignty.
Original material by Holly M. Besser. Perfect Joy Ministries ©2013. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bsbp40p07-31-13