Where is God in my life?

I received a question from someone struggling with doubt.  He had been following God for a while and seen some things turn around in his life, but wondered how he could know that it was God rather than just random happenstance?  In terms of his struggles, why has he struggled in ways that others haven’t?

My answer is below:

I can certainly appreciate your situation, and I am very sorry for the loss of your mother.  Sometimes life is very complicated and it can be difficult to see our way through it all.

There are a couple of thoughts that I want to give you.  First, if God ordered the world then why should we think of God as in competition with that order?  You wrote, “I have a doubt that whether all the good turnarounds that happened in favor of me was by God or just chances of life that would have happened even if God was not in the picture.”  This seems to pit God against the way that the world has been ordered.  Why should we not think that when God ordered the world he had (among other things) you in mind, and that he ordered it in such a way that the circumstances in which you received help came to you when you needed them?

Second, if God loves everyone then why should we think he will bless believers more than unbelievers?  This is one that always puzzled me.  The scriptures say that God causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike (Matthew 5:34).  Should we think that blessings that come to non-Christians are not from God?  Why would we think such a thing?

It sounds like you have walked a difficult road, and I can’t tell you why God has chosen that path for you.  What I can tell you is that we have very good reasons to believe that he exists and that he is who he says he is.  That entails his claim to be, “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)

Sincerely,

Matt Bilyeu


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