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The Getting Business

Don’t be troubled when you meditate on the greatness of your former sins, but rather know that God’s grace is so much greater in magnitude that it justifies the sinner and absolves the wicked (Cyril of Alexandria).

Many times through the years I’ve encountered those, who for some odd reason, are inclined to think that God is out to get them. They feel His sole desire is to make their lives miserable. “If God wanted to get you,” I say to those persons, “you would have already been got. God is not in the getting business; God is in the business of keeping you from being got.” Bad English—good thought.

It is not necessary to become depressed when life doesn’t turn out as expected. We have all blazed a unique trail of wrongdoing that has adversely affected our emotional and spiritual personalities. If you live in the past, your life will be shaped by it. If some failure or misfortune you faced is constantly on your mind, it will constantly be your experience. Don’t despair if you have failed; allow the disappointing reality of your own way motivate you to change. “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from wrongdoing and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death” (Paul the Apostle).

Some of the “God is gonna get you attitude” comes when people feel that the Lord should do things their way—and when He does not respond to their preconceived expectations, they become disheartened. God is God and He can’t stop being who He is. So how do we overcome difficulties and not become disillusioned? “Join the great company of those who made the barren places of life fruitful with kindness. Carry a vision of heaven in your hearts, and you shall make your name and the world correspond to that vision. Success and happiness come from within. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer wrappings. The great, enduring realities are love and service … resolve to keep happy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty” (Helen Keller). God is not against you—He is on your side.

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