• Julie Busler

God is not mean

I was making my morning coffee when my 5 year old son asked me...

“Mom does God ever trick us to be mean?”

“No baby, there is nothing mean in God and He will never trick you,” I answered.

Our conversation morphed into a perfect opportunity for me to present the gospel to him, but his question has continued to role around in my mind.

We have an enemy who starts young. The Bible calls him “the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world” (Revelation‬ ‭12:9‬). He seeks to devour and deceive us and I am done with him.

God’s ways are not our ways. In His perfect wisdom, He allows this life to include a good fight of faith as a way to refine us, glorify Himself, and prepare us for eternity. His allowance of suffering is not a trick, but rather a treasure if we keep in mind God’s character and purposes behind His ways.

Satan deceives. He tricks. “He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies,” (John‬ ‭8:44‬).

God, however, “is righteous in everything He does; He is filled with kindness” (Psalms‬ ‭145:17‬). He is truth and love and kindness.

𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐢𝐦.

Today, a struggle with depression may be clouding your ability to discern if God is being mean or not. Hear me now: it is possible to see the schemes of the devil and walk in the truth even if a chemical imbalance or the effects of trauma are making you 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 the opposite of the truth in God’s word. Satan will capitalize on those emotions by tempting you into a life of wrong thinking and unbelief.

Medication and lifestyle changes can help with our mental capacity to hold onto truth, but nothing truly transforms the mind like saturating it in Scripture. Stay connected to God through prayer - in the Bible, Jesus illustrated for us that prayer is a strategic weapon against evil.

My prayer for today is “that we may not be taken advantage of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:11‬). God is not mean and will never tempt or deceive you. You may be struggling, and mental illness may intensify the war, but you are not helpless. You are an overcomer through Christ Jesus who can understand the schemes of the enemy (even with a mind and emotions that are broken) because God gives us everything....EVERYTHING...we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

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