Misconceptions About The Man Upstairs (Part I)
Hitting what seems like rock bottom, we ask:
Can’t God Do Something?
That is very likely what Adam and Eve were asking as they left the garden of Eden to face a vast world filled with the unknown: God, can’t you do something? They had gone from paradise to a world of Hell and were terrified.
I remember being in a place like this a couple years back. My husband and I had no jobs. There was no source of income. Our apartment was infested. We had no car and were struggling to keep our family together. Our little family had literally come to a low point. We were at rock bottom. Where would we find the money to sustain us? How would we sleep at night among the bed bugs and cockroaches? Why was it so hard to find work?
God, Can’t You Do Something?
Without diligent prayer, hope, and faith in action my family would not be where we are today.
Where are we?
My husband and I both are blessed with work. We have relocated to a cleaner, healthier home. We are building credit so we may one day have a car.
How did we get there?
Well, it certainly did not happen over night. There were tears. There were hardships, even failures. Through it all though, one thing was certain…God is and always was good. As we applied for jobs and were rejected, we may not have seen it. As we threw away most of our furniture, we sure may not have felt it, but through it all God was there. In His time too, He brought us both in the direction he needed us so that we can be where we are today.
Put plainly: We got there through Active Faith In God.
Nancy Lee Demoss cuts straight to the heart of the issue as she reveals why it is we find ourselves in bondage:
“What we believe about God is crucial because it affects what we believe about everything else.”
Simply put, our beliefs of and about God become transparent in how we live when we have hit rock bottom.
If God Is Good He Would…
This lie is one that the Deceiver uses to leave us questioning God’s very nature. Satan did this in the beginning when he addressed Eve about the trees in the garden. He planted the seeds of doubt when he made Eve ask herself:
Is God Really Good? Why Then Am I Denied What I Want?
We may ask similar questions:
- Why didn’t I get that job or promotion?
- Why didn’t he/she survive the procedure?
- Why didn’t he or she want to start a family with me?
- Why didn’t the bank accept our offer?
- Why did he/she get sick?
When things do not happen the way we want, hope, plan, or expect them to Satan prompts us to ask:
Is God Really Good?
Because, let’s be honest, we wonder why He would keep good things from us.
God is good. We may not understand the why’s for a time, but we can find assurance in the knowledge that He has plans for us!
“We want God to fix all our problems. God says instead, “I have a purpose for your problems. I want to use your problems to change you and to reveal My grace and power to the world.”
~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss ~
God’s word assures us of God’s nature.
Psalm 119:68 New International Version (NIV)
68 You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.
His word also gives us the promise that our lives are not without plan or purpose. Likewise too, that our struggles earthly struggles are not for nothing.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Romans 5:3-5 New International Version (NIV)
3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.