"We can’t change anything about someone else (or what has happened), but we can choose to turn them over to God and walk forward in freedom in our own lives by forgiving." — Karen Jensen

Let’s just be honest. Some of us are mad at God.

When something bad has happened, or something didn’t happen the way we wanted or expected, it’s easy to blame God. It’s easy to say things like, “How could God let this happen? Where was God in all of this? I prayed but he didn’t answer.”

But I’m here to tell you God is not your enemy. All of his intentions and actions toward you are always good and never bad. First John 1:5 says that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all,” and James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

So what can you do when you’re feeling bewildered or mad at God?

 Just get it out in the open, tell him how you feel, and let it go. It may sound easier said than done, but it’s worth it. Don’t hold any anger or malice in your heart toward him.

Because the devil would love for you to believe that the bad stuff that may have happened in your life is God’s fault. Or at the very least, that he allowed it. The devil wants you to think that God doesn’t care about you or he’s mad at you or he’s just not paying attention. He knows that if you’re mad at God, he’s got you right where he wants you — separated from your only help!

But God is only good, and his mercy endures forever (Ps. 118). He doesn’t change back and forth from good to bad, sometimes blessing and sometimes cursing. You can trust him (Prov. 3:5–­6) because he always has your best interest at heart.

When My Husband Died

When my first husband died at 37 years of age, his sudden death left me parent to two teenaged sons and pastor to our four-year-old church. At the time, people said to me, “Oh Karen, you’re so brave to keep holding onto God after something so devastating has happened.” I guess they meant that they might be mad at God over such a thing (and really, that’s just unforgiveness, isn’t it?).

But my thought was, “This is no time to let go of God, not when I need him so much!” I knew I needed his help to get over the death of my husband, pastor a church by myself, and raise two boys through their teenaged years. It didn’t make any sense to me to turn my back on the One who could help me!

Besides, I knew that it wasn’t God who “took” my husband. My Heavenly Father is a good and loving Father, who wants only the best for his children. Sometimes people get confused about this, and they attribute terrible, evil things to God when really all evil comes from the devil.

There’s an easy way to tell if something came from God or if it came from the devil. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

That’s pretty black and white, isn’t it? If there is stealing, killing, or destroying going on, it is the devil’s doing, not God’s. 

 

This is an excerpt from Karen’s book, “’I Forgive You, But….’ 3 Steps That Can Heal Your Heart Forever.” Read the first part of the book here: http://iforgiveyoubook.com/

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