“This is the worst possible thing that could have happened. There’s no logical explanation for why this could have happened to me, why God would have allowed this. I’m lost and it’s unforgivable.” Sounds familiar, right? Often times we hit walls, and face moments in life that leave us lost and without the ability to process them.
Our inability to see into the future holds us bondage to our present circumstances. We trap ourselves in an ideology that holds us hostage to a non-truth – we lack God context.
Speaking of context
Context is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as the situation in which something exists of happens. It is further explained that to understand an issue, we have to understand the context in which it takes place. Anything can be taken out of context; whether these are parts of an overheard conversation or text messages intended for another. When we approach life (be it the joys or the challenges), we do so within our human context. We see as far as our natural eyes allow and watch as our faith begins to waiver.
We have not been designed to know the mind of God. Our thoughts are not the same as God’s thoughts. Human context is limited to our plane of existence. We stray in our moments of distress because we feel betrayed and abandoned by the Creator. Our human nature sees only what is in front of us, existing outside of the things which only God can see. Our context becomes our immediate surroundings, the betrayals we feel and losses that plague our mind. We are unable to bring ourselves to the point of seeking greater understanding.
The big question becomes how do we change our context? How do we begin to see ourselves as being more than our natural circumstances? We need to being to gain the correct context for our lives.
The first place we can turn to in times of challenge is the same as the place we turn to in times of joy; the Word of God. This is how we frame our lives. Scripture gives us the ability to change the circumstances that set up and event, we stop seeing moments as short term events, and gain a glimpse of the grand design. Getting context, gaining an understanding of the greater circumstances surrounding moments in our lives and redefining the way we see life.
Have you found your God context? When you think back to that worst possible moment in your life, have you considered God’s view of the moment. You may not understand the reason behind them, but you have the surety that He is in control and that He has a greater purpose. In reality, having God context should change the way you view the world around you.
John chapter 3, verse 16 is the God context. They circumstances surrounding our entire live, the situation within we exist is the reality that we are loved by the Creator, going to sacrificial lengths to give believers eternity. Let the truth of His love reshape your world, let the God context invade your world and change the way you approach every choice, action and thought. Let the God context become your only context.
Hailing from South Africa, Crystelda is an avid nerd and an unapologetic dreamer. With a BSc. Biological Sciences and BCom Hons in marketing, she has launched the Christian lifestyle blog - Selah Blogger and is the joint winner of the 2019 International Theology Award. The blog can be found at https://selahblogger.wordpress.com/ and her previous articles may be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/crystelda-naidoo.html