God’s Wish for Us
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.
~ 3 John 1:2-3
What is the greatest joy for any parents? If you have children, you definitely know the answer, and if you do not, you can probably guess: To see your children happy, prosperous, and good, following Christ and having good health, enough of the material world so that they do not suffer, and a feeling of accomplishment.
Well, we are God’s children, and guess what? That is exactly what he wants for us.
We may often feel that God has let us down, somehow, especially if we do not live by faith. Why won't God cure my disease, fill my empty bank account, let my departed loved ones stay with me a few more years? Sometimes it is impossible to know; God is impossible to understand, period. We are told to have faith; we are promised that one day all will come clear and we will know perfect happiness. (Cor. 13)
If you are trying to make a living and struggling financially, or struggling for better health, or are grieving for the loss of a loved one, it is well to realize that God is on your side and wants to you succeed. You have a tailwind in whatever you try to do, if it is something that will benefit you in the long run.
Nobody really understands how an all-powerful God can allow evil to exist on earth and in our lives, or why Satan is allowed (for a while) to have so much power over us. Our ancestors chose Satan over God: that might be, perhaps, the most understandable explanation. God gave us free will, and Adam and Eve — and most everyone since — has chosen to follow Satan, at least in part. Once we see that evil is not the work of God and is not what He wants for us, the power of faith and love becomes clear.
If we need evidence that God does not want us to suffer, but to prosper, we need only to look at Christ. He came in person to earth, for the express purpose of suffering with us, even though it was we, not He, who had made the choices that underlie the suffering. And the result of God’s sacrifice in Christ was that there would be an end to our suffering. God atoned for our sins, so that we would not have to suffer for all eternity.
So let us remember, in everything we do and everything we want, that God wants it for us. He smiles when we are happy and successful, and He suffers when we suffer.
Dear God, I pray that all will go well with me and with all your faithful saints. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer