Let me start by saying that God is not the devil. I know what you’re thinking… Duh, I know that! But do you really? I have a feeling that if God could go through an identity crisis He certainly would when people attribute the works of the devil to Him. Jesus said in John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Steal. Kill. Destroy. Those are the works of an enemy that is out for our very souls. Jesus is the life giver. If sickness comes, be it a cancer diagnosis or a common cold—that comes not from God but from the enemy. If loss comes, through death or failed relationships—again, that is the enemy. Poverty? Lack? Yep, you guessed it. That stinking, lying devil.
It’s amazing how many people can blame God for the terrible things that happen. This past July I was pregnant with a little girl we named Isabel. I should have been due this December but something unthinkable happened. At my 17th week the doctor could not find a heartbeat. As I went through that whole awful experience, never once did I think that God caused it. God is the giver of all good things. James 1:17 tells us that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Not only does every good and perfect gift come from Him but He has no variation. Which means He never changes. He has been good, He is good, and He always will be good.
There is no scenario that would ever exist in which I as a parent would inflict harm or pain on my children to teach them a lesson. But somehow people get it into their heads that God does that very thing. In Matthew 7:11 Jesus says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” If I were to paraphrase it would go something like this: if you who are fallible and imperfect can treat your kids well and desire the best for them, how much more would I, your Heavenly Father want for you!
Now can God use the trials and pain to make us and mold us? Can He take the shattered and broken pieces of our lives and make something beautiful out of them? Absolutely. But does He cause them? Absolutely not. We live in a fallen world. A world in which, contrary to popular belief, God is not in control. I will explore that thought in a future blog. But in a nutshell. If He were truly in control He sure is making a mess of things. He put man in authority down here and Adam handed his authority over to satan. Jesus had to go to the cross to win that authority back for us.
So next time you walk through a hardship or temptation, instead of using your mouth to blame God. Use it to declare His word over your life. God intended us to take authority over our situation. He has put all things under our feet.