Misunderstanding God in our Struggles

If you listen to the comments of those who are struggling with their feelings about God, often is a mistaken idea that God behaves as we do. The hurt inflicted by a fickle world can morph into defining truth for us. This may be especially true in issues with parents. They play such an important role in shaping our hearts and minds it can leave deep scars if we have been mistreated by them.

In my past, I had deep-seated fears that God was aloof and uncaring. I felt that if He loved me it was only to use it against me. I had no set formula of beliefs; it was a response from deep within shaped by painful experiences. I had learned this in reaction to how my father treated me. The emotional damage created turmoil, not only in the way I defined life, but in how I perceived God. How could I trust someone so big if His motives were to harm me? It fed distress in longs years of suffering from severe Obsessive Compulsive disorder.

The wonderful reality is that God is nothing like us. His love is pure, His motives are for our care, and He is awesome in perfection and goodness. God is not only Holy; He went to amazing lengths to show us how much He loves us. Jesus is the utmost of God Himself, His gracious love gift for us. As we let go of what we have known and humbly receive Him as children, we allow God to correct the lies we believe. The more we learn of His character in Scripture, healing comes deep within in the joy of grace.

By allowing our view of God to be shaped by our past, we cut off true hope. The human heart cannot rest without the restoring love of the God who created us. Peace is possible at the foot of the Cross.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts". Isaiah 55:8-9.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. Psalm 103:11.

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