Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
1 Peter 5:7 (MSG)
We think we know God, but do we? We contemplate this question at bible study today.
My circumstances can keep me from seeing who God is. From believing that He is good, even in the darkest of times. But should it?
I have asked the dreaded why and come up empty. How can I possibly know the sovereign plan of God?
And the more I learn about and experience Him, the smaller I feel. He cares for me in ways I cannot fathom.
If I stop analyzing my hardships through a filter of good or bad I will begin to see, with greater clarity, that "for my good" is relative. I cannot define it by my own standards.
And I see a glimmer of what it might be like to live a "carefree" life before God.
Where I no longer need to provide evidence to support my worst fears or use the past to justify my anxieties.
My eyes open and I see that the most important parts of my story are how God was there. How He helped me, changed me, chose me, saved me.
Through this healing process He's using the past to do "immeasurably more than I could hope or imagine" in my future.
I cannot understand all that God is, but in this I can trust:
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?