When things don’t go the way we want them to in our lives, what is our response? Even as Christians, we question God’s plan (“Why isn’t God giving me what I asked for?” intimating that maybe, just maybe, He doesn’t know what He’s doing); question God’s goodness (“Maybe He isn’t who the Bible says He is,” or “If God was really good…”); and sometimes question His existence.
The problem, at its core, is we think God exists to make us happy. We have an image of what we think our life should look like: a nice family to grow up in, a good school to attend, a great job with unbelievable pay and benefits, a spouse we’ve always dreamed of, children who are both obedient and brilliant, a home that could be featured in House Beautiful, vacations to the most exotic places, no sickness or disease, and the list goes on. If those things, which obviously differ from person to person, don’t come to pass (for ourselves or others) we tend to blame God. We think He didn’t come through, or that He doesn’t love us or care about us, or maybe all of those things we’ve been taught about Him aren’t really true. As a result, we create an idol in our own image and call it “God.” We are sinful to the core, which this devolution of thinking proves.
The truth of the matter is that God’s “job,” if you will, is to make us – His people – holy. Paul tells the church in Rome, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom. 8:28-29). God causes all things to work together for good for His people. For what purpose? “To become conformed to the image of His Son.” Therefore, God’s job is to make us like Jesus – who is holy – and He’ll use everything in our lives to accomplish that purpose.
Our image of what should happen in our own lives, or the lives of others, may not accomplish God’s good purpose for us – our holiness. The sovereign and loving God will do what is best for us. We can count on it!
God’s job is to make us holy, and in holiness we find our happiness.