By: Marie W. (May 2011)
I was shocked when my friend told me that it took her a long time to believe that God loved her. But I was even more shocked when I found myself thinking the very same thing. You see, my body and health was under attack, and I could not understand for the life of me why God didn’t do something. Frustrated and annoyed, I concluded that God didn’t love me. Because if he did, this wouldn’t have happened.
There is always a root to a feeling that we have or a thought that may enter our minds. But just because we feel a certain way, or may think something, does not mean that it’s necessarily true. When we’re faced with adversity, we feel as if we’re the only one and wonder, “Why me?” How could a loving father who loves me so much that he died for me, watch things take place in my life, and just let it happen? You know what? You are not alone. Jesus himself experienced trying times while here on earth. He was so connected with God, yet at one point cried out “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) Ever felt forsaken by God? Trust me, I’ve been there.
Fighting the good fight of faith is something that we have to remind ourselves of daily. God never promised that life would be smooth sailing all the way. But he did say that in every situation we have overcome. He said: “In this world, you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Circumstances that turn for the worst lead us to sometimes feel unloved or abandoned by God. Or maybe something that you did led you to believe that lie. But God told us in his word that he loves us with an everlasting love, and his love is unconditional. It’s a lie that God doesn’t love me, you, or anyone else for that matter. God is love. Remember that when your thoughts get in the way. His love is endless and there is plenty of it to go around.