MY FRIEND, YOU MUST BELIEVE ME – you may think God is nothing more than a master clockmaker who wound you up and walked away.  Not so! There is an omnipotent, spiritual being out there, and right here, who is softly and tenderly waiting to wrap his arms around you. 

On the other hand, the thief’s plan  (Satan) is to steal your joy, kill your hope and extinguish the love of God in your life. When all things are beautiful in your life you may say, “Jesus loves me this I know!” But when all hell breaks loose you say, “IF God is this, or IF he is that ….”  You may even ask why. That’s ok. Jesus did the same thing. “My God. Why have you forsaken me?”

Somehow, someway you were taught that you were only loved if you were a nice little girl or boy and “keep your mouth shut.” You turned that same punitive love toward God, so that if you found a parking place it meant God loved you.  If you didn’t find one, God hated you; or that there is no God. God does not always punish bad people and he doesn’t always make wonderful things happen to good people. Your team does not always win and you may never get rich. The Word of God teaches us that faith is the victory through thick and thin. 

“‘My purpose,’ said Jesus, ‘is to give you a rich and satisfying life [through faith; not because you will never have anything bad happen nor because you are healthy,  wealthy and wise]. ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock.’”         John‬ ‭10:10-12‬ ‭(nlt)

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”‭‭        2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭(niv)