Do you remember the old song that includes a line about Christians being happy all the day? The idea is that once we’ve accepted the Lord as our Savior, our lives will always be happy. Although I understand the writer’s intent, those words may be sending the wrong message. In our zeal to lead others to Christ, we sometimes inadvertently spread a lie–a lie that says the Christian life is always wonderful.
And yet, I’ve heard speakers and perhaps you have too, who have left that message hanging in the air. “Just trust God and everything will be alright.” “Believe in God and He’ll give you what you want.” “Accept Jesus and you’ll have a good life.” “I believed God would heal my daughter and He did. He’ll heal you, too!”
As true born again believers, we know the truth of those comments. But they may not be true in the way a new Christian or a non-believer may think.
“Just trust God and everything will be alright.” Yes, it will. But being “alright” doesn’t necessarily mean that it will turn out the way WE want. It simply means that as Christians, we know that God’s ways may not always be our ways…but they’ll be right, and we’ll be okay. The truth is, bad things do happen to good people. Businesses fail. Finances disappear. Illness comes. But having confidence in the fact that God is in control and has a plan for our lives makes everything alright, even if it doesn’t turn out as we desire. There is joy in knowing that God will bring about something good, even in the worst of circumstances. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
“Believe in God and He’ll give you want you want.” Ummm…not exactly. The truth is if we believe God’s Word and are sold out to Him, our desires are likely to align with His, even if we don’t get what our flesh wants. To think otherwise is to believe in a rabbit’s foot god who is at our beck and call, ready to wave his magic wand on our behalf. And yet, in reality, we see that God may allow martyrs to die at the hands of evil, godly men and women to live in poverty, and believers to suffer loss. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
“Accept Jesus and you’ll have a good life.” Jesus says the exact opposite. Instead, He says we can have peace, even in the struggles. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“I believed God would heal my daughter and He did. He’ll heal you, too!” If this were true in the way some present it, there would be 2000-year-old healthy people walking around this earth, no one would need reading glasses, and there’d be no need for funeral homes because no one would die! But the truth is, we’re all going to face death at some point. And sometimes God’s plan is best served in a way we would never choose. Here is the truth: A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. Job 14:5
As speakers, we have the honor of presenting Christ, hoping to draw listeners to His gift of salvation. But in our efforts to be winsome witnesses of God’s Word, we must be committed to the truth of it. What is gained if a listener accepts a god with a magic wand who can’t deliver on her list of demands? She believes the Christian life doesn’t work.
So ladies, as we stand before audiences and deliver our messages of hope, grace, and love, let’s be faithful to present the real Truth of God’s Word.
Anything else, and it’s a lie.
Grace and peace,
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