God Always Makes Things Right

There is no wrong that God won’t make right. This was one of my favorite points from this past weekend’s message because it spoke so clearly to my heart and the trials that I have endured throughout my life. 

When I was a kid, I had a relatively easy life: two parents who loved me, friends at school, a wonderful church family. Then one day, all of that changed when I was freshly 12 years old, and my dad died. In one moment, my world, and everything I thought I knew, shattered, only for little me to not know how to put the pieces back together. In the years that followed, I went through the normal ups and downs of grief and growth, all the while asking, “God where are You? How can You supposedly be so good and yet my life be so broken?” 

It was a tumultuous time filled with doubt, loss, pain, and anger. I will admit that I felt the on-and-off pangs of hopelessness for many years. And yet, as I look back over my life so far, I can see the joy, healing, promise, and love of God that has woven itself through the very threads of each and every day thus far. I can clearly see how God mended me back together and how He comforted me, even when I didn’t realize it. I now know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God was keeping me safe and steady the entire time that I was convinced I was alone and without Him. How beautiful is He that He would love me so much even when I didn’t love Him back. 

In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus references this verse found in Isaiah 61: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” This is the good news of the Kingdom! God sent His one and only Son to Earth to redeem all that sin had stolen. Not only that, but He gave us the Holy Spirit to empower us and give us peace that passes all understanding!

Jesus always makes things right in the end. Always. If you feel that God has let you down or has forgotten about you, like I had, I tell you today that He has not. He is always present, and He always brings justice to wrong things and life to dead places. It may not always be something that we understand. In fact, we may not most of the time, but this knowledge of the faithfulness of God can be something that we believe at the core of our very being. Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” This is the promise of God and the hope that we carry with us as His children. No matter how hard life gets, God will one day make it right. 

ACTIVATION: Sit down for 5-10 minutes with pen and paper or open the notes app in your phone, and write a letter to God telling Him all of the places that you have felt hurt, lost, or let down. Then take a moment, invite the Holy Spirit to be with you (because He always is), and let God speak truth to these things. Listen with an open mind and an open heart, and allow Him to show you where He was during those things. Allow Him to heal you because that’s all your Father wants for you, to be whole and full of life and life abundantly. 

PRAYER: God, I confess that I have been hurt, and I don’t see where You are in all of this. Please show me Your truth and Your grace for me. I ask that You heal the broken parts of my heart, mind, and soul, and that these things would take root in me so that I would know that you are good, all of the time, in joy and pain, for the rest of my life. Amen.
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