It’s easy to forget about God. It’s easy to forget the simplest attributes of God, and start to believe something that isn’t true. Even today, in 2018, it’s easy to think God doesn’t care or God isn’t aware, because what we see convinces us that this must be true. It’s a playbook right out of Genesis 2 & 3.
I was reminded of this recently when speaking with a dear friend about a family situation that appeared to be dire. It was dire, and it put many of us on our knees asking God to intervene. Weeks turned into months, and months became a year, then two, and not much progress. Desperation began to set in, and it appeared somewhat hopeless.
But then God did what God does, intervening miraculously, in ways none of us could, and it was clear to see that He was orchestrating the situation all along. He wasn’t asleep at the wheel, He wasn’t on vacation, He wasn’t taking the day off, He wasn’t unaware, He wasn’t lacking empathy or concern. He was there all along, as He always is, working out His plan in His time. He was moving the right people in to place to intervene. He wasn’t caught off guard, but rather was working out plan A, His plan, the best plan.
It caused me to look back on my life at the times when I doubted God’s presence, when I wondered if He cared, when I chose to believe a lie about God rather than remember the truth. The truth is, no matter where you are in life, no matter what’s going on, no matter how bad it seems, God is there, loving you, caring about you and working out His plan to prove that to you. It reminds me of the verse that says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
If we are in Him, we can know that He is always working for our good, and that’s the truth. No need to believe anything else when times are tough.