We live in a nosy, fault finding society. I’m a member of several groups on Facebook and I was surprised at how toxic they were to my spirit. They operated under the guise of helping people or being informative, but with each post read I started to realize they were gossipy and controlling. People thrive off of the gossip surrounding the lives of other people. Since starting my blog, I get personal messages from people going through the things I have who just need that encouragement and emotional support to get out of two extremely toxic and emotionally abusive relationship. Praise the Lord, I am out if those but He is still healing me from the damage done and I am still fighting a horrible battle with migraines. One might think, why aren’t you healed? What are you still doing wrong? For the longest time those questions upset me and riddled me with confusion and guilt that the Lord had already forgiven me from.
I had a terrible migraine today, so bad it kept me in bed most of the day. As I laid in bed drifting in and out of sleep I prayed. Poppa, why do bad things happen to your people? I began to reflect on Job, this man of God had done nothing wrong yet lost so much. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Job 1:8 Job’s story, perhaps more than any other invites us to trust God’s wisdom and character. God doesn’t wish to see me in pain through these terrible migraines, but He sustains me through them. I know by the end of Job, God turned it all around and He has more in his latter, “12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 15 And in all the land were no women found [so] fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. 16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, [even] four generations.” Job 42:12-16
I also know Romans 8:28 promises me, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.” I don’t know why bad things happen to God’s children, but I do know He’s still in control. I know He is using things to mold and make us into His image. I also know it doesn’t mean we are on a wrong path (it can, if it does switch paths). Sometimes you are attacked because the devil fears the God in you and what you are going to do for His kingdom. Press on and do it anyways. And if people are talking, keep smiling and allowing the light of Jesus to shine through you anyways. Your comeback will leave them scratching their heads or just maybe a seed will have been planted. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal