When bad things happen, some people get mad at God and turn away from Him or don’t want to listen to someone talk of how good God is. It should not be God that they get mad at. It should be Satan. Rather than turn from God, they should be turning to God to help them overcome the bad. God can heal their hurts. God is the only one that can make all things work for the good of those that love Him. They should choose to do good which would get Satan back for his evil deed. Why would someone want to turn away from God because that in no way will help matters and it also gives Satan a foothold into their life. This gives him the ability to cause other bad things to unfold. We are instructed to overcome evil with good. Let’s draw closer to God with the things that unfold in our life.
God works out what seems to be small details to confirm our faith. He gives us what we need to remind us that He is involved in the details of our life. When bible studies and worship songs and sermons have similar messages or speak to a personal situation we are facing, it is not coincidence. It is God’s providence and He is putting all the pieces together in our story that will ultimately be part of His story. He has those details in place ahead of time so that when we face what He knew was coming, those details would be there to encourage us. He doesn’t need to wait for something to happen and then put something in place. He is always ahead of the scene.
Some of us do things we wouldn’t normally do just to be accepted by the group we are “hanging out” with. If we have to do something against our convictions, it is not worth being accepted by that group. They are not true friends. We should work on making friends that line up with our convictions or above so that we have enough good friends that it won’t matter if we get rejected.
Jesus was rejected but He knew who He was and didn’t need anyone to confirm who He was. We can have that ultimate friend and as long as we have our identity in Christ, the rejections of this world won’t matter and we will be able to stand on our convictions. Those rejections will no longer make such an impact and we will actually be able to like ourselves.
It is easier to like ourselves if we are doing our best and living up to our convictions. When we start liking ourselves and know that God loves us even when we fail, it won’t matter so much if others like us. We will have many friends and we will have the ultimate friend, Jesus. That will be all that matters.