God Is Optimistic
“I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:13-16 (ESV)
“Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:53 (ESV)
“But I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens. For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.” Psalms 50:9-12 (NLT)
Too often we see the bad and evil things. It is pervasive in the media. Bad news sells newspapers and gains viewers. Rarely is good news considered worthy for a newspaper or a program. It seems to be growing darker. Gloom is thick. But God is not worried. He does not fret or stew over worsening conditions. God is not threatened or insecure when He sees evil, sin, or darkness.
We serve and are friends with a God who is happy and content. We should be just like Him. God is not angry or looking for someone to do something wrong. Where is the grace in that?
God knows evil. He died because of sinful men. He causes good to come from things that are intended for evil (Romans 8:28).
“‘It means,’ said Aslan, ‘that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.'” The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
God knows how to cause good to come from the most treacherous circumstance. Things may seem bleak, even impossible, but nothing is too hard for the Lord (Jeremiah 32:17). Everyone faces difficulty. God wants to bring good out of the trouble that you have encountered.
I once was fired from a highly visible and important position. It was a difficult time in my life. But God used what was painful and seemingly evil to launch me into a new career, give me more time with my wife and children, and answer several prayers. God caused good to come out of a circumstance meant to destroy. God had a plan (Jeremiah 29:11) that I did not see.
God is sovereign. Our hope can be confidently placed in Him. He loves us. He has removed all of our sin. We can rejoice (1 Thessalonians 5:16, Philippians 4:4). The difficulty that you face probably will not turn out the way that you think that it will. But you can trust that God will do what is best for you.
“The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice! Let the farthest coastlands be glad. Dark clouds surround him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes. His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness; every nation sees his glory.” Psalms 97:1-6 (NLT)
“Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him? Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice?
Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice?” Isaiah 40:12-14 (NLT)
The author is Bill Carlson, located in the Sacramento CA region. This is an expression of my personal beliefs and thoughts. It is not an exhaustive study of the topic presented. You can see other posts by visiting http://billsencouragement.wordpress.com/