I hear many of you in your hurting, asking how God could be real after all the painful things that have happened to you. How it’s always been easier not to face it all, numb it, try and forget, and live on your own terms in the world.
I hear you equate the imperfections of “religion” and “church” with God. It’s easy for us to believe that all of our disappointments, offenses, traumas, emotions, or desires are from an equally imperfect, or uncaring God. As negative as these can be, we (naturally) respond by blaming God. We stop praying, hide from church, hide from the people that hurt us, from the truth, and from love.
Blaming God has infallibly created more heartache for me every time I run from Him. Escaping to the ways of the world that offer quick-fixes, wealth and comfort are always fleeting. Unless I’m running to Jesus, the solutions to my problems will always prove temporary, harmful, and fake. He created a naturally ugly-hearted, broken world, for a beautiful reason; to bring us closer to Him. With that, comes unimaginable peace, love, and ultimate fulfillment for our souls.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:1-10)
This is my message in reflection of Pastor Greg’s phenomenal sermon today (9/29/19), answering the question; Why did God make us the way we are, full of imperfect thoughts, actions, and desires? Definitely join in to watch if you do not attend!