“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Even though scripture tells us, on numerous occasions not to worry, many of us who find ourselves experiencing extremely stressful situations can’t help but be anxious. We all have a certain tolerance, but once that has been exceeded, we can find ourselves spiralling into anxiety that many struggle to gain freedom from.
How Do You Cope with worry When It Seems Like You Are Under Constant Attack?
When you are under heavy attack, it’s difficult to consider the above scripture. Worry rises as you silently wonder if God is hearing your cries. Most of us end up feeling lost and abandoned by the one who says that He will never leave nor forsake you.
But it feels like He’s not there. It feels like He’s not listening, because if He were, things wouldn’t be this bad.
We know that we shouldn’t worry, but we do anyway, because in the back of our minds we wonder what we will do if things don’t manifest. We go through the what-ifs which only adds to the worry.
But we misinterpret this scripture. The key words in this scripture are IN ALL THINGS. It doesn’t say that God can just use good things for our good, but He can use things that are meant for evil for our good, as well. He does this in several ways:
- He hears your cries (as He always does) and sees the destruction going on in your life. If you are under attack, meaning that you are blameless over your situation, God can use the situation and change it. Example: Someone spreads false rumours about you with the intent for self-promotion and to destroy your credibility. God exposes their deceit, reinstates your reputation, and rewards you with financial gain/promotion. God restores what was taken.
- He hears your cries, sees the situation, but you are not blameless. This is when we are the cause of our own misery. When we are the cause, often God will gently try to get us back on the correct path. Some of us learn from our mistakes, but others becomes unteachable. So much like the old Proverb that tells us “like a dog returns to his vomit, so shall a fool return to his folly”, those who are unteachable return to their reckless ways. Things becomes worse in their lives as time progresses, but God can use this self-induced negativity to turn things to His glory. Example: A person continually overspends and mismanages money. God has given them ample opportunities to be a better steward of their finances, and has performed several miracles when they have repented. Yet once out of debt, they quickly slip back into their old ways and end up in more trouble. God can use the “trouble” to teach the person better spending habits through the pain. He will not intentionally break you, but will let you suffer the consequences of your actions to a point. Then His mercy and grace will flow through. The end result not only becomes better financial wisdom, but increase as well.
- God steps in and performs a miracle. This is usually reserved for new believers, or those with low faith, but can happen to anyone. God always does miracles.
We see throughout scripture how God turns evil into good for His purpose.
It seems like a “gimme”, but it’s still the most accurate story of someone who had everything stripped away from him, yet remained blameless.
Scripture tells us that Job was an upright and righteous man. God even sings Job’s praises to Satan, who in turn, tells God that Job only serves Him faithfully because he has everything. He tells God that if it is taken away, Job will curse God.
God permits Satan to test Job, but to spare his life. Then Satan goes to work. Job is stripped of his family, his possessions, and his health. Yet he still remains faithful to God.
And even though his friends are telling him that he must have done something wrong to deserve this punishment, he maintains that he is blameless. His wife tells him to curse God and die, which he won’t do. He remains faithful to God.
We do see Job lamenting a bit, because he doesn’t understand his situation. God comes in and rebukes him for his words, but restores everything that was stolen (and then some).
Job is an example of what many of us face when we experience situations that we don’t understand, and when what is happening to us appears to contradict the Bible. We are unable to make sense of the senseless, but God still has a purpose and uses what was meant for evil to propel us to an even greater destination.