Welcome to the second half of 2020.
And what a year it’s been!
Nevertheless, we don’t complain, we give thanks because God CAN be trusted.
One of the things this year has reminded me of, is that moving on after a crisis is easier said than done.
The truth is that no one wants to be in a state of continuous despondency, but healing is a process and it takes time.
In a bid to help, people can indirectly put pressure on someone to heal quickly.
From experience, the deeper the hurt the longer the process of recovery.
“Just move on” is a nice cliché but it it’s not as helpful as it sounds.
How do you expect someone to just move on from a place of confusion, betrayal or loss?
While we must be careful not to glorify our pain, the focus should not be on “Moving On” but on “Getting Well.”
A person who has not healed completely will not be able to function optimally.
There are several people who are carrying pains from years ago on their shoulders.
A lot of these people end up hurting others, either consciously or unconsciously, sometimes creating a cycle of abuse.
That’s why it’s important to focus on the process of healing.
Another common assumption people make, especially in this part of the world, is that whatever happens (whether good or evil) it’s the will of God.
There’s nothing further from the truth.
The scripture says,
“…God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him.”
1 John 1:5 GNB
GOD DOES NO EVIL.
When something terrible happens to someone, it’s not unusual for people to make blanket statements like “Maybe God allowed it for a reason…yen, yen, yen.”
It’s even more annoying when they ask victims to consider worst case scenarios.
For example, a couple has had a miscarriage, rather than just offering them words of comfort, you hear things like “God probably has a reason for taking the life of the baby; who knows maybe the baby would have had a congenital malformation.”
That’s such a terrible feedback to give to someone who is hurting.
As far as God’s children are concerned, anything that involves loss, hurt, betrayal, hatred, conflict, confusion or despair is NOT the will of God.
This passage puts things in perspective,
The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness.
John 10:10 GNB
The enemy’s job description is to steal, to kill and to destroy: whether it’s your business, your health, your relationships, or your possessions.
The bottom line is this, Satan loves to wreck good things! That is his modus operandi.
So the next time, something terrible happens to you, don’t blame God (and don’t allow people to indirectly blame God on your behalf), rather FACE THE DEVIL AND REBUKE HIM!
Another understanding I have from the light of scriptures is that, God can use evil circumstances to bring about his purposes, but God does not orchestrate evil.
This story in the bible explains it briefly,
His disciples asked him, “Teacher, whose sin caused him to be born blind? Was it his own or his parents’ sin?” Jesus answered, “His blindness has nothing to do with his sins or his parents’ sins. HE IS BLIND SO THAT GOD’S POWER MIGHT BE SEEN AT WORK IN HIM.
John 9:2-3 GNB
Look at that. Although the man was born blind, God decided to use his life as an avenue to show forth his glory.
HEALING is God’s will.
RESTORATION is God’s will.
VICTORY is God’s will.
Let me conclude with this verse,
We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 GNB
Have an amazing new month!