Devotional

“Do You Need To Forgive God?”

Honestly, some of us need to forgive God. When something bad has happened in our lives, or something didn’t happen the way we expected, it’s easy to ask, “How could God let this happen?”

But God is not your enemy. His intentions and actions toward you are always good. First John 1:5 says that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all,” and James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

God is only good, and his mercy endures forever (Ps. 118). He doesn’t change back and forth from good to bad. You can trust him (Prov. 3:5–¬6) because he always has your best interest at heart. So don’t hold any anger toward him. Just tell him how you feel and let it go.

The devil wants you to believe that the bad stuff is God’s fault or that he allowed it; God doesn’t care or he’s mad at you or he’s just not paying attention. The devil knows that if you’re mad at God, he’s got you separated from your help! 

When my first husband died at 37 years of age, his sudden death left me parent to two teenaged sons and pastor to our church. At the time, people said to me, “you’re so brave to keep holding onto God after what happened.” I guess they meant that they might be mad at God over such a thing.

But my thought was, “This is no time to let go of God!” I knew I needed his help to get over my husband’s death, pastor a church, and raise two boys. Why turn my back on the One who could help me! 

Besides, I knew that God didn’t “take” my husband. My Heavenly Father is a loving Father, who wants only the best for his children.  All evil comes from the devil. 

There’s an easy way to tell if something came from God or the devil. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” 

That’s pretty black and white, isn’t it? If there is stealing, killing, or destroying happening, it’s the devil’s doing, not God’s. 

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