God’s mission is to gather as many souls on earth as are willing to live with him for eternity. He is passionate—no, vigilant—for everyone to have an opportunity to choose him. When we give our lives to him, his mission becomes our mission, though we don’t see the whole picture as he does. We get caught up in our nearsighted natural and cultural realities.
So when we ask God to do something for us, our asking isn’t wrong; in fact, he wants us to ask. But often he will answer with a no or not yet. If we don’t agree with his answer or don’t want to wait, we struggle. We battle with his no. Sometimes we wonder if the Devil is withholding what we want from us. Sometimes we wonder if we lack the faith to move the hand of God. But in these cases, God is actually saying, “I’m going to do what’s best for the rest. I have a plan. Trust me.”
Each type of battle—internal, external, or theological—can leave us asking questions and struggling with life. Our questions may sound like this:
• Why am I on this earth?
• Is feeling lost normal?
• What is God’s will for my life?
• Am I ever going to feel as though I have enough?
Maybe our questions go even deeper:
• Do I belong?
• Do I have what it takes?
• Am I replaceable?
• Can I really be happy?
Can I tell you something amazing? We don’t need to feel continually caught in these questions and the struggles of life. May the Holy Spirit empower us to tread satan underfoot and keep him right where he belongs.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
John 3:16-18 NKJV