Very often we view God as a judgmental, vindictive, angry deity sitting in the heavens waiting to pounce on us when we disobey. When the Enemy is successful in getting us to think such thoughts, he has almost won the battle. That is not God’s character or his disposition. He is, as the song goes, ‘a good, good Father’!
Today’s reading in 2 Kings 8 & 9 concerns the Shunammite woman whose son Elisha raised from the dead. He warned her of a coming famine and told her to depart to a safer land - which she did. Upon returning after having been gone for 7 years, not only did the king return her land to her, he also returned ‘all that was hers and all the produce of the field from the day that she left the land even until now.’ (2 Kings 8:6). The Lord continued to bless her life after raising her only son back to life.
The Lord’s plan for you is not simply to save you but to bless your life. He wants to give you an abundant life now and a fruitful life today. Our responsibility is to believe Him and obey. It really is that simple. Sure, we will face difficult days, hard circumstances and strong trials but He will walk through those trials with us and even bring good out of those crises! Additionally, your Father wants only the best for you and gave His only Son for you to prove it. ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus - but to trust and obey’!