Is God’s Forgiveness True?
Is God’s Forgiveness True?
You’ve probably had the thought that nothing comes into the life of Christians without being first filtered through God’s eternal love and His will for each of us. When we study the book of Job we of course see this very clearly as we see things play out in Job’s life where God allowed Satan to inflict a defined measure of pain into Job’s life. We must remember as God seems to challenge Satan, we also see a measure of confidence that God had in Job. Job 1:88 And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
What can we obtain from this thought? Whatever crisis you’ve faced whatever has happened in your life to cause unforgiveness to increase in your heart, God could have stopped it. He didn’t. This seems to be a very difficult teaching that we find in Scripture – the sovereignty of God. This is a very complex issue as we live in a world that is full of sin, and God has a desire to fulfill His eternal purposes. That brings us to a very well-known verse that Paul wrote to the Romans in order that he might provide hope for each of us and helping us to understand the sovereignty of God. Romans 8:2828 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
How can this be true when my heart is full of unforgiveness? How can we be sure this is true? How can something so evil ever be redeemed or result in anything of great value? The answer lies in verse 29: Romans 8:2929 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Being one of God’s children, the situation you’re undergoing no matter how wrong or unfair or heartless it may seem or may have been, with God’s Providence and skillful hand will be used to make you into the person He desires you to be – to a greater dependence and trust in Him, to more perfectly reflect the likeness of Jesus Christ. These are the times that we must think of the cross and its implications for those who suffer the consequences of life in a fallen world. This is undoubtedly the most hideous wrong ever committed in the universe. Acts 4:27–2827 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. Who would ever have planned Calvary? Who could have seen one good thing coming from such an atrocity? Only our God who looked ahead to see the resurrection, and what it accomplished for mankind. This is the God who has looked ahead and scoped out all of your pain and injustices who monitors the length and the depth and the height of each and every trial that His children endures, who will not allow into your life a single circumstance that will thwart or derail His eternal plan for your life. When we consider what happened at Calvary this is small potatoes compared to what has happened in your life. He will use each event in our lives to accomplish His redemptive plan to fulfill His purpose for your life.
I would ask you to consider, and compare the events in your life to what happened at Calvary.