I always want to understand what is happening in my life. I can put up with a lot of discomfort and even misery if I know why.
Gideon felt that way. One day the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said, “The Lord is with you, Mighty warrior”. “But sir”, Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?'” (Judges 6:12-13). I can relate to that!
Yes, I know in my head that God has promised never to leave me nor forsake me. But if all that is true-and it is- why am I going through such a hard time? As Gideon put it, “Why has all this happened to me?” When things aren‘t going my way I don’t understand, I begin to be anxious. Fear grips my heart.
John writes something that is very profound, but it will take a little mulling over to appreciate the full meaning. He says, “Perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18). My first impulse is to respond, “No, John, I think you have it wrong. That should read, “Perfect understanding drives out fear’.
If God would just tell me why I have to deal with this problem or situation, I wouldn’t be afraid….right? But that’s not what John says. He says that perfect love drives out fear-that love is the supreme weapon against fear.
When I truly understand how much God loves me, fear leaves my heart like darkness when the sun rises. That’s because love always says…
- I want the best for you – always
- I have in mind your ultimate good, not just your present comfort
- My love includes discipline, for I care too much for you to allow you to become a spoiled brat
The best thing I can know during a difficult time is that the One who allows that difficulty is the One who loves me more than anyone else does in the whole universe. No, I may not understand the state of affairs, but I know He loves me-deeply- just as He loves you. Fear not, You are loved by God.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.