By: Susan Bea Good
Have you ever been “hit” so hard it seemed you could not recover? The first of those experiences for me was at the tender age of eight. The next was a series of hits involving my first born son. While constructing this blog I’ve deleted more than I’ve written, in a cautious attempt to avoid frivolous revelations. Therefore I ask that you believe me, as I claim to be familiar with the threateningly destructive “blows” of life.
For a few years now I’ve been pondering the sovereignty of God. When interacting on this topic with new friends I am often surprised to discover that not everyone wants a Sovereign God. And these are self-professing Christ-followers!
The faithfulness of God was active in my life long before I knew the theology of His character. He sustained my spirit as a child, and has continued to be my Guide and Protector in the fifty years since then.
I’m convinced that not only is God the Ruler over everything, He graciously offers to utilize our suffering within His purposes. As we cooperate with Him, we will not only survive life’s hard times, we will thrive throughout them!
We can thrive, not in spite of hardships, but because of them. Injustice, pain, loss, and ultimately death, these sufferings are God’s method of pulling us closer to Him. We can try to reject God, fight Him every step, and ultimately miss out on all of the benefits He offers for those who trust Him. But those who place their faith in God will not only spiritually survive all of what life throws at them, they will gain the immense privilege of fellowshipping with their Creator!
(The Apostle Paul) “…I want to know Christ…Yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death…” (Philippians 3:10/NIV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Elohenu!