Sometimes our experiences and our existing beliefs can lead us to believe things that are not true.
“Everything in my life is going wrong. Why does God hate me?”
We often operate under the idea that good things happen to good people. And if something is going terribly wrong, it must be because either we’ve messed up…
Or, God isn’t there. Or doesn’t care. Or, at worst, is purposely making my life difficult.
Of all the things that Job lost, I believe that it was his relationship with the Lord that hurt the most. Although he (like all of us) wasn’t perfect, we are told in the Bible that Job did seek to live a life that pleased the Lord.
“This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” Job 1:1
But having gone through his experiences, combined with his theology, he believed that God had turned against him, although he couldn’t understand why.
“Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?” 13:24
“God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me” 16:9
“All was well with me, but he shattered me; he seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has made me his target.” 16:12
And there are more and more verses like that I could quote.
Job worked backward from his experience and his assumptions about God, and made a conclusion.
God must be against me – although I don’t know why.
Have you every thought or felt from your experience that God was against you?
The irony here is that Job is absolutely wrong.
The truth is – although he is not aware of it – God is totally for him!
“Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” 1:8
In the context of the story, God actually gives Job His highest approval. There is nobody like him. He is the most God fearing guy there is!
And there once again lies the irony. Job is confident that one thing is true. In reality, it’s the complete opposite.
Friends, we need to know that God is not against us. Yes, it is true that God is not going to bless our sin and rebellion and there is plenty of those things to go around.
But His desire is for us to know and walk with Him. For us to know that He loves us.
Jesus Christ proves that God loves us and is for us. The most famous verse in the world – John 3:16 shows us that.
The New Testament makes it clear that we will go through hard times. Yes, we should always (in good times and bad) be considering our lives and attitudes. We should be confessing our sins and shortcomings. We should consider whether some situations in our lives might be discipline to restore us back to where we should be.
But God is not against us. In the midst of the greatest challenges of our lives, it’s easy to let our feelings dictate our theology. But they must not.
Allow God’s Word to shape how we understand Him, not our experiences.
Romans 8 –
If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.