A building has a builder and a painting has a painter. Although we may not have watched the building be constructed or the painting be created, we know an intelligence was behind it all, and we would never consider the option that the building or painting were formed through natural processes. From the smallest life form to the vast expanse of the universe, we see design, and such design could only come from a designer. In Romans 1:20, we read that God’s eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, and it is understood from the creation. Creation is our evidence of God.
Although we can see the evidence of God, sometimes we may feel like He’s not there. Our belief in God should never depend on our emotions. When things are going well for us, we can find ourselves thanking God and be content. During these times we would rarely if ever doubt His existence. But what about the hard times? Sickness, bankruptcy, failed relationships…does your belief in God then become questionable?
As Christians, we are not guaranteed happiness, prosperity, health, or our “best life now.” In fact, we are more likely to encounter struggles, friends and family abandoning us, job loss, persecution, mockery, and other problems. It is true that Christians go through a “spiritual desert” where we feel like God has abandoned us. That happens to many believers and it is a beneficial problem although it may be painful and difficult at first.
God knows what happens to you, whether good or bad, and God is never surprised by such things. Romans 8:28 tells us that God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose. There is a theological term called “sanctification.” This is a process where, after you have repented of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ, you will now go through a “cleaning process,” for lack of a better word. Most likely, for the rest of your time here on earth, you will experience sanctification. When we died to our old selves and became born again, we experienced spiritual rebirth, but God continues to work through our lives to help us exemplify the life of Christ. You will still have times when you fall back into sin, the old habits, and the old way of thinking. God will discipline you, or, hopefully at the very least, your conscience will remind you of your offense against God. God works in us, and he takes us where we are at and makes us more Christ-like. It can be a painful process, but we learn a lot through bad experiences.
As a Christian, the one sure thing you know is eternal bliss with our Savior awaits you after death. We will also have good times while here on earth, our temporary home. Remember that with good also comes bad, and with bad eventually comes the good. Let your faith be in the almighty creator God who knows all things planned for you and is never surprised by what happens. He’s got the whole world in his hands. I encourage you to rest in those hands where you will be carried by the one who gave you life by dying for you.