Have you ever met people who are often suspicious of others and finding it hard to trust them? Plagued by a “siege” mentality, they see the world as an unjust place, for which they would rather doubt and reject the possible goodness of people rather than believe the best in every person.
7 Love believes all things.
1 Corinthians 13:7
The Greek word for “believe” is pisteuō which means “to think to be true, place confidence in, to trust”. What God believes about you is not based on what you have done or not done, but by what He had done in and for you. In His eyes, you are a “finished work”, a divine masterpiece of His hands. In this sense, God doesn’t test us to make us better people. He knows you will be tested by the trials and troubles of life, and inadvertently by Satan. That is why He has filled you with all of His fullness. It is so that when the test comes, everything of Him in you will be revealed. It’s not to show how weak you are, but how strong He is!
Satan tested Job, but God blessed Job with double of everything he lost (Job 42:10). Of course, Job is an Old Testament type of Jesus whose suffering was redemptive. James however, tells us to consider Job as an example to keep believing God in spite of everything that tells you not to.
10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord,
as an example of suffering and patience.
11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord— that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
Job the prophet had “seen the end intended by the Lord”. “Seen” here is oida which means “revealed knowledge” and “the end” is telos which means “perfect fulfilment”. Like Job, go beyond just seeing problems in your life but to see your life prophetically in God’s purpose. Don’t quit on God, believe Him even if life doesn’t make sense. Don’t live by how you feel today but see the end intended by the Lord. It is good!
Believe that God has made (and not trying to make) everything beautiful in His time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). It is already a done deal!
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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