Continued from here.
Believing God is good is essential to trusting Him. After all, how can you trust someone who isn’t good?
One reason I struggled with believing God is good was my painful life circumstances. Let me give you the highlights (low lights??):
- Sexually, emotionally, and ritually abused for several years as a child
- Father died suddenly and unexpectedly when I was 16 years old
- Learned I am infertile
- Parented a child with multiple special needs
And if those life circumstances were not “bad” enough, check out the list of issues I struggled with in the aftermath of the child abuse:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Binge Eating Disorder (like bulimia without the purging)
- Dissociative Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Self-injury (head banging)
- Suicidal urges
I was one miserable person! I spent much of my life willing myself to die. None of what happened to me or my reaction to what happened to me was “good,” and I was not responsible for any of these life events that continually undermined my ability to trust or believe that I would ever be OK. How could a “good” God let so many terrible things happen to me?
Nowhere in the Bible does God promise that we will be spared painful life experiences. Jesus was crucified. Joseph was sold into slavery. David had to hide from King Saul for many years to avoid being murdered, even though he had been anointed as king. Hannah, Sarah, and Rachel were all infertile. Daniel was thrown in a lion’s den and his buddies into a fiery furnace. Job had just about anything that could go wrong in someone’s life happen to him.
None of those painful life experiences were the end of the story, though. While all of these people lived in a broken world and experienced painful experiences, the good in their lives came from God! God took their hopeless circumstances and worked them for good. And you know what? God has done this for me as well!
Whenever my friends tell me about their hopeless situations, I remind them that the story is not over yet. Jesus didn’t stay dead. Joseph didn’t stay a slave. David did, in fact, become the ruler over Israel. And I did not stay a childless child abuse victim. God worked my story for good, just as He did for those in the Bible who loved Him, and He will do the same for you!
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace shedding on tear below the words, “So good.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]