I find it fascinating that we assume God is on our side when things are going well. I hear people say, “God answered that prayer”. And what do they mean? They mean their situation turned out the way they hoped it would be. We don’t say, “praise God, He answered my prayer” when He answers us “no”. At least I haven’t heard that before. In fact I rarely even find someone willing to say “praise God” when things are not going the way we’d hope. Now, to be fair, I’ve met some who will thank God for being there with them in the midst of a difficultly but it’s often long after the difficultly has passed. But what about in the midst of it? Is God still good when He doesn’t do what we want Him to do?
It’s summer time and we love summer, we love sunshine and we get frustrated often when it rains or when it’s gray. In fact some have asked me as a pastor (assuming that I have a more direct line to God than others) to pray for the weather. The assumption is that we have God’s favor when the sun is shining and the temperature is perfect. Is God still good when it rains? Does God still like us when things are not going the way we hope they would?
I simply wanted to write this blog post because this is what I’ve been thinking about. I know, intellectually, that God is good and that God is for me and that God loves me. But what happens when things are not going well? Is God still good? Is God for me? Does God love me? Again, intellectually I know the answer is “yes” but it doesn’t always feel that way and we don’t always admit it.
So join me in the wrestling if you would.