How does what you believe change your everyday life?
Do you believe in Santa Claus? Do you believe in happily ever after? Do you believe in God’s word?
How you answer each of these questions will change the way you live.
If you believe in Santa you will get better gifts, or so I hear. If you believe in happily ever after you might work harder to invest your marriage so it is happy. If you believe in God’s word you will know His character and how He feels about you and that will change everything.
Believe has two different definitions: one means to accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of something the second on is to hold (something) as an opinion; think or suppose. Even how you believe something will change your life.
Believing something is truth versus an opinion are worlds apart.
Sometimes experiencing hard times can mess with your believing. Things have been difficult with Dad lately.
He is experiencing some new physical issues that have left him very tired and often even more confused. Sadly, with those feelings he is very agitated and can be unkind. My dad has always been a gentleman, kind and respectful. It is very difficult to see him like this, not to mention being the person he is unkind to.
My heart has been saddened and heavy. As I spilled my heart out to God about how hard this season with Dad is, He asked me, “Rayna, do you still believe I am good?”
This was a question I struggled with years ago when my first marriage came to an end. It was so hard to understand how I could be experiencing this when it was the last thing I wanted.
How could God let this happen?
With this question came some exploring of God’s character. Was it about Him letting this happen or was it really, could God still be good if this is His will for my life?
Struggling with this core belief has changed how I live.
Being rooted in the truth that God is Good helps me to respond to hard times with hope and peace.
When our house burned down, God is Good.
When my dog dies, God is Good.
When I get an, “I love you, Graham.” from Owen, God is Good.
When the harvest is abundant, God is Good.
When the crops are destroyed by flood, God is Good.
When my Dad is struggling and not nice, God is still Good.
What are you believing about God that needs a closer look? How can you move your belief from opinion to truth?
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What a great reminder that God is always present and His plan is always unfolding no matter what.
I have had times in my life when I thought, “where are You, God?”
It takes great faith rooted in His abundant truth to remember His faithfulness in the midst of difficult times.
The world doesn’t always look like we would prefer, but that does not change the truth that God is good, that He cares more than we can fathom and that He uses all of our life, good and bad, for a higher purpose.
I pray His abundant peace and love over you, your dad and your entire family in the current struggles you face.
Thank you for sharing your heart.
Thanks so much for the prayers! I’m glad that this was an encouraging reminder that no matter what life brings there is still hope in Him!
Love this, your question on How can you move your belief from opinion to truth, is wonderful! Makes me examine what I believe and make sure it aligns with God’s truth! Thank you for the gentle reminder!
Thanks so much Robin! I’m glad this was the gentle reminder God had for you!