Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
In our quest to love like we’ve never been hurt, we have to learn to trust God. More than just talking about it, more than just reading about it, we have to learn to trust without hesitation that God’s plans and God’s ways are infinitely better than our own.
When we can’t see our way, and when we can’t see God, He always has a promise. His promises are not contingent, they do not expire, they cannot be earned. His promises are constant, ever steadfast, ever faithful, even when we cannot see Him. To realize how unchanging His promises are, we have to look beyond our circumstance.
Circumstances have a way of distracting us from our walk with Jesus. Even further, circumstances are often the enemy’s way of making sure we stay angry at God. If the devil can cause us to be angry, to carry resentment, to question God’s plans, we find ourselves right where he wants us – hopeless, disconnected, and wandering.
Job lost everything, but remained faithful. In the midst of the immeasurable hardship, he remained steady in his faith and trust in God. Not only did he remain faithful, but he was able to continue to speak that faith into those around him. We have to do the same. In the middle of the storm, we must raise our hallelujah and surrender to the fact that God’s plans are better.
God knows how to make sense of our tragedies and our shortcomings and the traumas we endure because of our broken world. He knows how to use all those things for the betterment of His Kingdom. When we face adversity and when catastrophe hits, we have to continue to trust in the God of healing, restoration, and purpose.
God is not affected by our crises. He is not afraid of our anger. His promises are always true, always good, and always available regardless of circumstance. If we want to love like we’ve never been hurt, we have to let trust and faith be embedded in our hearts. We have to let circumstance and situation pale in comparison to the God of the Heavens. We have to jump all in, and rest in assurance in His goodness.
“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness…None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” -Romans 8:37-39 MSG