Too many people believe that everything that happens to them is from God, that He controls everything. The reason some believe this is because God is supreme and all-powerful, and they believe anything, good or bad, is from God. Even unbelievers believe that. However, I believe what Scripture teaches is contrary to that line of thinking.
James 1:13-17 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (Verse 14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (Verse 15) Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (Verse 16) Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. (Verse 17) 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.”
These verses make it clear that God is the author of good things. Jesus said in John 10:10 that, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
These are very simple verses to understand. Look at what James 4:7 says: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We actively fight against the temptations of the devil after submitting to God!
When people believe that everything in life that happens to them is from God, that makes them “passive.” “What will be, will be.” Then they also will believe that sickness, failures in business, divorce, rebellious children, or even losing a job to the point of financial ruin is all God’s fault because He allowed it to happen. Some even think its God’s way of punishing them.
There are other forces in this world, so everything that happens is not from God. The Bible says, “Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee!” People just don’t want to fully commit to God and His ways. They want their way without doing their part of submitting.
Too many times both Christians and unbelievers like to quote Roman 8:28 and to apply it to tragedies or crises. But Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”
Too often this has been interpreted to say that no matter what happens in your life, God does it and works it together for good in some way or that something good will come out of that crises.
First of all, the verse doesn’t say we know that all things come from God and work together for good. It says all things work together for good, but puts qualifications on it: “To them that love God!” This Scripture does not work for those who don’t love God! It plainly says, “For them who love God and are called according to His purpose.”
In 1 John 3:8 it says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
God manifested Himself to destroy Satan’s work. That’s His purpose, and it will only work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. That is, those who are walking in this calling, are resisting the devil, and are destroying his works. Only those who are resisting the devil and living for God can say that, regardless of what the devil does in their lives, God can turn it around and use it for good!
There is a real enemy that wants to kill, steal, and destroy you, but Jesus has come to give us life. There are some things that are demonic attacks and some that are natural, and not all disasters are God ordained.
We choose life and willingly recognize that God’s not guilty of everything that comes into our lives. God’s a good God, all the time!