Melting Away Critical Thinking

Humans by nature have a tendency to spiritually judge situations according to the way they feel to us. If something feels bad, we tend to adopt a critical attitude and point fingers at Satan. If something feels good, we praise God for the great thing he has done. Rather than arguing over who caused what to happen, it is better to focus on which perspective or lens we will view it through -- the eternal or the temporal. Through the eternal lens we are reminded that "in all things [good and bad] God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28). I'm not saying that there isn't a Devil or that sickness is not the result of the fall of man. I am saying that if we only perceive bad situations as the work of Satan or blame them on someone else, we develop a critical attitude and miss what God has for us. God desires us to get beyond the way a situation looks or feels and live in the hope that he is in control of all things. In believing this, we are able to "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for [us] in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:18).

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