Is God Really There for Me?
Guest Post June 12, 2012 by Jack Watts
Refer To STEP 4: I choose to believe what God says about Himself: that He is good and can be trusted.
The Almighty makes miracles when He pleases, wonder after wonder, and this world rests in His hands. —Beowulf
The Scriptures tell us to not be conformed to this world but to be transformed. The way for you to do this is by renewing your mind. If your mind is renewed, you can think from the correct perspective. But what is really involved in renewing your mind?
When you’ve experienced abuse—any abuse—it impacts how you perceive reality. You see things differently—more apprehensively and with less confidence. And to be candid, most who have been abused wonder if God is really in charge. They might accept it as a doctrinal belief, but not from the perspective of their day-to-day experience. They just don’t see it.
Abused people routinely think, “If God is in charge, He wouldn’t have allowed . . . (fill in the blank) . . . to have happened to me. I didn’t deserve it.”
That’s where you have to begin your recovery process. You must renew your mind about how you perceive reality. Until you do, you will not make much progress in our recovery.
Eventually, you have to come to this place: God is in charge of everything, including your recovery. According to the Scriptures, “There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” This is either true, or it isn’t. If you want to have a full and productive life, you can begin by renewing your mind to accept that God is alive and powerful—active in the affairs of Man. That includes your life. Even if you are certain He had abandoned you, which most abused people believe is true, especially soon after their experience, He has not abandoned you at all. It just feels like He has. He is there, whether you think He is or not. You can count on it, and you must count on it to heal.
Oh Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee. (Jeremiah 32:17)
(Note: Thanks to Jack Watts for permission to reprint this post. Visit Jack’s blog at www.pushingjesus.wordpress.com.)