So I ran into a friend the other day who has been unemployed and we exchanged our “How are you’s”. I tell her how sorry I am for her situation and that I continue to pray for her, knowing full well what it’s like to be unemployed. I was unemployed as a single mom for almost 2 years and my husband was unemployed in 2012 for about 10 months. So my friend says, “Oh, it’s been tough but God has been so good to me because I haven’t had to dip into my savings”.
It took me awhile, but it finally caught up with me…” What do you mean God has been good to you because you haven’t had to dip into your savings?” My husband and I both went through our entire savings and retirement accounts during unemployment. Does that mean God was NOT good to us?
Do you feel blessed because you gave birth to a normal child while your friend has a child with Autism? There was no special blessing there. Likewise, do not feel as though God has forsaken you because you have a child with disabilities. All it means is that the Lord is sending you down a different path. There’s that word again…’because’. The word ‘because’ is a qualifier. It means you’re about to explain the reason for something. Romans 10:12 tells us “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.” So if two people seek God’s healing and only one is healed does that mean He answered only one of those prayers? Absolutely not!
We must be careful not to put conditions, qualifiers or criteria on God’s goodness and faithfulness. God is good and faithful ALL the time, despite our circumstances. Instead give thanks to God for what you have and the situation he has placed you in. Because we see with human eyes we are not able to comprehend The Big Picture, aka, The Big Plan…what God has in store for us. Paul gave thanks and rejoiced even while he was in chains. So the next time you’re tempted to qualify God’s goodness and faithfulness, say something like this instead, “Praise God that I haven’t had to dip into my savings during unemployment!” Remember, God is Good all the time, and all the time God is good!