He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Do you believe that God truly wants what’s best for you? Do you trust him with your future? If we’re honest, we really don’t. Maybe we think God is busy. Maybe we think he concerns himself with our holiness but not really our happiness. Maybe we think that God’s best for us will turn out to be something we don’t really like. Oh silly child of God, don’t you know what he has already done for you? He chose you to be his before the foundation of the world, bore each one of your yet-to-be-committed sins in his body on the cross, sent someone to tell you the Good News, opened your eyes to believe through the Holy Spirit, raised you to spiritual life and adopted you as his own child. He who did spare his own Son, but gave him up to cruel torture and death on our behalf, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? There is no good thing that God will keep from you – unless it’s to make way for a better one. We don’t need to strive and fret over how to provide our own happiness – God is looking out for us, and all things are at his disposal.
What’s more, knowing that God is seeking our good, we can now trust him enough to obey him. We don’t have to choose between obedience and happiness. God’s commands are for our happiness, loving guidance from the Father who really does know us better than we know ourselves. So while we think, “There just aren’t any Christian guys, so if I want to be with somebody I have to date this sweet unbeliever,” our Father says, “Do not be unequally yoked.” Do we trust that he can provide a believing spouse at the right time? And while we think, “I can’t find a church where I really fit in,” our Father says, “Do not neglect to meet together.” Can we believe him when he says that he supplies our needs through imperfect churches of deeply flawed brothers and sisters? It’s true that God’s commands don’t always seem to make sense in our specific situation, but that is why we live by faith and not by sight. Living by faith means trusting God and listening to him even (especially) when it goes against our own wisdom. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for you, he is taking care of you, better than you could ever take care of yourself. So trust him. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
References: 2 Corinthians 6:14, Hebrews 10:25, Proverbs 3:5