Knowing God is for us
Text: Romans 8:31-32
In my experience, our disappointment often stems from our decision to place too much of the faith, that should belong to God, in that of a human being who has sinful flesh. Therefore, the only way to dissolve disappointment is to put our faith in God rather than man.
Why do we do this? Maybe it’s because we can see our parents, best friend, husband and children. So, when one of them betray us, it is naturally devastating. They are supposed to always be in your corner, on team “me.” When we take our faith and place it in man, we set ourselves up for disappointment. In a situation like this, we are getting our own way. We are setting ourselves and others up for failure.
I don’t like to think that it comes naturally for those closest to us, or anyone really, to be against us or that it is naturally easy to participate in betraying one another. This is faulty thinking. Unfortunately, we as human beings have a naturally sinful flesh. Therefore, it is most natural to put ourselves above that of another. This is why it is imperative to put our stock of faith in God, rather than man. God is perfect. He never makes a promise He won’t keep. So, when we read a passage like the one found here in Romans, we can believe it. He really is on our side.
That one fact, that seems too simple yet so deeply profound, is the only thing that stands between us and a total dive into depression. When we are so deeply hurt, it is often difficult to feel like anyone is in your corner. Not only is He in our corner, but He is in the battle with us. Much like the many stories involving Israel in the Old Testament, God is on the team. Their battles were only won because God was on their side. Who can possibly be successfully against you if all that you are is only found in God?
Think about the people and situations that have hurt the most. If you had placed your identity and faith in Christ, and Christ alone, acknowledging that your offender was operating in the flesh, would the offense have carried as much weight? When you are hurt to the core, does it change your view of God for the better or for the worse? God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His position never changes. He is always on your side. When you hurt, He hurts. He sees each tear that falls. He only wants what is best for us, but we have to keep our eyes on Him. We must anchor our faith to Him. Our self-esteem should be positive because He created us in His image, not in our friend’s image and husband’s thoughts of us. We can be confident because our identity is found in what God thinks about us.
With this frame of mind as the foundation to all other thoughts, everything will take on a much more positive path. It will be easier to not only believe, but feel that He truly is on your side, with this frame of mind. Dear sister, despite our disappointments, our Heavenly Father is on our side and wants us to live life more abundantly.