I’ve seen it countless times, especially on social media. You’ve seen it too. You know what I’m talking about. When someone you know, or know of, or just know on Facebook tells you about a problem they’re having or a situation they’re going through, you tell them it’s going to be alright God’s got your back. Or it’s going to work in your favor because God’s working it out. Or you use scriptures like, “Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”, or (one of my favorites), “All things work together for those who love the Lord”. Ahh!!! There it is, and this is the scripture most people use when trying to comfort those who are having problems or in a bad situation. Whether it be they’ve lost their job, are dealing with an illness, or, God forbid, are going through a divorce. The problem with this is, these promises we read in scripture are only for those who, “Love the Lord”. They are for those who have given their lives to Christ and profess him as their Lord and savior. There are promises God gives to non-believers, but they’re not very…”uplifting” (lol).
This is not a post to tell you to stop encouraging people or giving them words to uplift their spirits. This is not what I’m trying to say or convey here. I’m not some stuck up christian who wants only good things to happen to believers and sinners to get whats coming to them (lol). I just don’t want us to give people false hope. When you tell someone ‘God is working it out for your good, because all things work together for those who love the Lord’, you’re assuming that they actually love the Lord. The problem that comes with this is if they don’t love the lord, if they haven’t given their lives to Christ…You’ve just given them a promise that can’t be fulfilled according to God’s word. You’ve given them a solution that won’t work because they are not believers. Therefore you’ve given them false hope! The hope that they can stand on this scripture, this word from God and that he will take care of it just like he said he would. You can’t give a sinner a kingdom promise. They have to be a citizen first. You end up hurting the situation more than helping, and you may have turned off a potential follower of Christ because what you said and what the word of God said “didn’t come true”.
“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” ~ 2 Peter 1:4
First of all who is the “us” this scripture is talking about? Well, the “us” are the believers in Christ. The Christians. Followers of The Way. Those who have have confessed with their mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believed in their hearts that God raised him from the dead. These are the people who have been given “great and precious promises.” These are the people who can stand on God’s word that all things are working together for their good, because they love the Lord. These are the people in which the kingdom promises of God were intended. So as much as we want to give encouraging words to our loved ones to lift up their spirits and keep them going. And as much as we want to base it off of scripture, we just can’t. We can definitely encourage them, and give them kind words to help their situation, but we have to be careful with what we tell people and what we let come out of our mouths when it pertains to scripture. We don’t want to make ourselves look like liars and we definitely don’t want God’s word to look false.
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Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
John 14:2-3, “ There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”