Confidence in God
Amos 4:9-13Many of us began recovery experiencing one disaster after another. We probably wondered whether Someone was trying to tell us something. But as we came to believe that God's power could reach into our world in positive ways, we also received hope. We were able to exchange our fear of punishment for confidence in the power of God to restore us to sanity.
The Lord had allowed many disasters to befall the people of Israel, in hopes that they would return to him. God warned them of the evils that would result from continuing to resist his help, but they wouldn't listen. Finally, he said, "_'Therefore, I will bring upon you all the disasters I have announced. Prepare to meet your God in judgment, you people of Israel!' For the LORD is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind . . . .The LORD God of Heaven's Armies is his name!" (Amos 4:12-13).
Ignoring the fact that God has power over our lives can be disastrous. He may try to get our attention by allowing us to experience the consequences of our wrong behaviors. We need to realize that God's ultimate goal is to lead us back to himself. Even the pain God allows us to suffer is designed to bring about our healing. His power is for our good; it isn't there to destroy us. Considering the mighty power of God, even in the natural realm, can encourage us. The one strong enough to form the mountains and the winds is willing to use his power to restore us to sanity.
Even our greatest failures can be a means for God to make us his own.