God is good. He defines what will help us and what will hurt us. United States government may claim to know what’s best for us, but does it? Our parents taught us their values, and now those values are ingrained in us. But those values may or may not be good. Many of us grow up believing that God is like our parents, but if our parents were rotten, then that’s definitely not true. Our parents make mistakes (we must still respect and love our parents). They don’t know everything, but God does. To know God, we must search God without bias.
Sometimes God’s way doesn’t make sense to us. Sometimes his way doesn’t look all that good, but give him the benefit of the doubt. Read this Psalm of David, Psalm 13, and tell me if you can relate.
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, O Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
for he has been good to me.
David had a plan, but his plan wasn’t working out. What he failed to acknowledge was that God had a plan as well, and God’s plan wasn’t David’s. David was near sighted, and that’s why he was in anguish. That’s why he continued to wrestle with his thoughts. He was most likely thinking wouldn’t it be good for God to destroy my enemies right now so I don’t have to live in fear any more? Isn’t that good! Here’s what God would say to David: Don’t fear men, fear me. Don’t worry about your enemies. Have faith that I am in control and will lift you out of this trouble with ease. I am in charge, not you, not your emotions and certainly not your enemies.
God is in the business of changing us before he changes our surroundings. Does God send bad things our way to help us understand that he is the real, true God? “The Lord sends poverty and wealth” (1 Samuel 2:7).
God wants us to find his joy, his happiness and his strength more than he wants us to find happiness in worldly pleasure. Why? Because God is real food and real drink. We could earn a million dollars every year and still be miserable. Or worse, we could earn a million dollars every year and be sent to an eternal dwelling without God after we die. It’s better to live in poverty on earth than to live in poverty for an eternity, wouldn’t you say?
So what do we do? We work, we live, but we make Jesus Christ our number one goal. That way our faith in Christ will heal us, and when our faith is so strong that not even living in poverty–where danger surrounds us–can keep the joy of God out of our lives, then we will know that we have truly discovered the secrets of God.
So do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans (those who don’t know God) run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:31-34)
God wants us to prosper. If we want our lives to change, the number one thing we can do is seek God. Once we learn who God is and what he says is good, then we will know how to change our lives in a positive way that will not fail.