God Cares for His People: Part II
Do we really think about how our theology impacts our daily lives? The late Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said it best, “The Christian life is doctrine on fire.” He held that doctrine was a practical truth about God that was to be impressed onto our mind so that we might live for the glory of God. This is especially valuable when we are faced with a trial and need to be reminded about God’s care for His people. If our theology, the study of God or knowledge, does not shape our thoughts and actions in life, then we have a real problem. In my experience, how people respond to life shows this glaring deficiency. For example, let’s say you get bad news, the type of news that will directly affect your life. How do you respond? I would say in those moments of weakness we all have a tendency to despair, or become angry, or take a bath in self-pity, but is that the right way to respond, in light of what we know to be the truth? We are Christians! We are those who say, “We have a God in the Heavens that does what He pleases.”
Listen, I know that trials come into our lives to test our faith, to shed light on our weaknesses, but God is doing that to help us grow up, to act like real Christians. Apart from these trials, we’d stay the same. Maybe the reason we are having trial after trial is that we are not seeing what God wants us to see. The author of Hebrew 12:11 says, “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”We all can relate to the first part of this verse. No one likes discipline. It hurts; it is uncomfortable, but remember, it is only through these moments when we are really tested that we see what our faith is really made of. What difficult place are you in today? Have you asked the question of yourself and circumstances, “Lord what are you trying to teach me?” God is at work in your life and He wants to make you like Jesus (Rom. 8:28-30). Do not see your difficult situation through the lens of bad luck, or wrong choices, or mere health issues. We need to see them as God’s loving hand intimately at work in our lives.
"THERE IS NOTHING THAT TOUCHES YOUR LIFE THAT GOD HAS NOT ORDAINED AND WILL USE TO MAKE YOU LIKE JESUS CHRIST."
God is bringing all this about in your life to help you grow (Gen 50:20). There is nothing that touches your life that God has not ordained and will use to make you like Jesus Christ. Just remember Paul’s words in Romans, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”(Rom. 8:28). Paul’s emphasis here is on what God does. If you notice, he says “causes.” He does not say “allows” or “permits”God is actively working things out in our lives, the good, the bad and the indifferent, for your spiritual growth. The question at this point is “Are we allowing it to have its divinely planned outcome?” The author of Hebrews says this about God’s discipline, “to those who have been trained by it, afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Trials are meant to bring us to a place of spiritual growth. God is using trials to help us see sin in our lives and to help shape spiritual disciplines in our lives, like reading the Bible and prayer. God wants you to grow in your faith and trust in Him. If we are not viewing our life through doctrine then we will never see how involved God is in our present circumstances. God cares for us, and if we have not yet come to see that through His Word, it is my prayer that this short treatment of this topic will help stir your thoughts to see your life through the lens of biblical truth.