My Thoughts. . .
Are you happy with God when things are going your way, but question His goodness when life turns sour? Have you ever thought that if you didn’t experience “bad luck,” you would have no luck at all? Did you blame God for allowing that kind of luck to fall on you? Have you ever questioned God when life was kicking you in the teeth rather than gifting you with roses? Some are happy with God as long as life is smiling on them. After all, is God not responsible for keeping a Christian happy? If that condition is not there, is God not being negligent in taking care of His believers?
Humans often make Satan’s job easy due to mankind’s erroneous thoughts about what God’s major responsibility is. Some believe He is supposed to make our lives happy by removing all negatives from our path. We forget God created man and put him in a beautiful garden and gave him free will. We forget that we have that same “freewill” but use it exactly as Adam and Eve did. We either benefit from our choices or live to regret them. We even develop ways to escape the consequences of our bad choices by blaming others for the results of our actions. Adam started it (Genesis 3:12). We continue it by cloning his footsteps.
Paul recognized this problem when he admitted that he knew what was right or wrong, but usually made the wrong choices (Romans 7:15). Good came out of those bad choices leading him to cry out for deliverance (v. 24). Some make choices leading to death and continue to rush headlong on that course. Others decide to seek the right choices that will give them freedom (v. 25 & 8:1). That freedom does not negate the imperfect influences created by that person’s sins. Those influences touch all of us in different ways.
Judas Iscariot was the trusted treasurer for Jesus and the apostles. He received the same opportunities as did the other apostles. He heard Jesus’ private and public teaching with the others. He saw the same miracles that they witnessed. He had heaven’s opportunities poured out to bless him but he chose to evade them. He did repent after the betrayal but chose death over forgiveness. Sadly, misfortune and unhappiness is received by some because they welcome the consequences of their bad choices. Those choices can also have a negative effect upon the loved ones of those individuals.
We are more like the apostles than we would like to think. They were concerned for their lives during threatening weather because they feared the wind and water more than they trusted the Messiah’s power. They could not conceive how five barley loaves and two small fish could feed five thousand men. Their perception of Jesus was overshadowed by the number that needed to be fed. Jesus’ statement to the twelve “Oh you of little faith” could be directed at us (Matthew 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8). We are fortunate when we recognize that we need that admonition. Things usually attract us with the promise of happiness but rob us instead. The true reward to happiness is based upon the direction we are looking (Hebrews 12:1-2).