“God only cares about himself.”
Not only do we struggle with this lie when we’re needy for something from God and feel like we’re not getting it, but we struggle with this lie when things don’t seem to be working out.
“God only cares about himself” can be such a natural conclusion. But it’s a conclusion that holds us captive from life in the Kingdom of God.
May we never get it worked into our theology that life has nothing to do with us and God only cares about himself.
We can look to human marriage for an illustration. We would never say that marriage is only about the husband or only about the wife. Rather, we know marriage is about two people joining together as equal partners living and working together in harmony and love.
Similarly, our relationship with God is not only about him, it’s about us too. It’s about both of us.
Unlike human marriage, God never thinks only of himself and he always is at work on our behalf.
ITS ALWAYS FOR US
There is evil that takes place in overt attempt to yank us from dwelling perpetually in God’s house, and then there is evil that takes place because we’re not coming into His house at all. One evil is meant by the enemy to ruin us. And the other is meant by God to bring us home to safety and Life.
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn… (2 Chron. 7:13-14)
These are God’s words. And these are descriptions of things God did in Israel to bring them out of the lie of self-sufficiency and back home to him.
Today, do things feel like they aren’t working out? Just yesterday I was immersed in this thought, and miserable in it. Life is hard, no? It’s so so hard to pull ourselves out of faithlessness when it feels like there’s nothing to believe in and nothing to look forward to. When it feels like God doesn’t see us or care about us. When it feels like God is against us.
Meanwhile, God wants to rescue us from this hopelessness! So often the heat getting turned up in our lives is about bringing our minds back to him, our deliverer.
TRUTH REQUIRES RISK AND FAITH
One of the great tragedies within modern Christianity is that we know little about how the enemy of darkness works in our lives. We’re blown over extremely easily because we don’t realize Christianity is lived from the inside out.
Our maturity and fruitfulness hinges on our ability to recognize the lies of darkness spoken to our inner man. If we do not learn to recognize the lie-ammunition of the enemy, we will live unfruitful, stuck, and without hope in the world.
The enemy will always drive us to lose hope, take up fear, be discouraged, and disbelieve God. We need to look for these markers in our emotions, and their negative outworking in our lives. When we see them we must actively seek the voice of Jesus within us to overturn the lies causing havoc for us.
You and I must learn how to risk our lives on his voice.
Every truth of Jesus requires both risk and faith. If we’re going to believe it or follow it, we’ll be risking something. But if we never believe Jesus because we’re afraid to risk our lives in faith, we’ll never grow to maturity in Christ, never bear the fruit of his Spirit, never receive his promises, and never live in fullness of joy.
The life of faith is a life of constantly risking—and often risking big—on God. Constantly seeing if he’ll prove faithful.
And therefore, constantly proving he cares wildly about us.
Friends, today I leave you with a question. What are you not risking today?
Whatever it is, risk your life on God.
He won’t let you down.
Because he deeply cares for you.
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