Believers are uniquely aided in the fight against bitterness.

God Will Always Get It Right

Sunday Scripture

It’s a short journey from regret to blame, from sorrow to anger, from sadness to bitterness. Defying the pull toward bitterness seems to be one of the tasks of mid-life and beyond, but the movement toward peace and contentment, while challenging, is also life-saving. The prophet Isaiah was gifted with staggering insight to the sufferings of Christ, our Peacemaker, that propel me toward a desire to handle this conflict well:

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4)

Reading this, I feel the relief of someone coming under a load alongside me, for, while we are not immune to the circumstances and events that lead to disappointment, anger, or even grief, believers are, however, uniquely aided in the fight against bitterness.

In Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference, Lecrae (a recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and contributor to the book) stopped me in my tracks with this observation: “Fear believes God will get it wrong; bitterness believes he did.” This is staggering, because it highlights bitterness as a theological problem that unravels all my feather-light pronouncements that God never fails.

Do I believe God will always get it right?
Do you believe it? Even in circumstances in which all evidence seems to be pointing in the opposite direction?

Trusting in God’s divine plan, in his good story and his loving intentions toward us, we find grace to move away from bitterness, because “he has borne our grief and carried our sorrow.”

He bears it today, and he brings it before God on our behalf.

Grateful for carrying grace,

You can read my review of the book which was the source of Lecrae’s quote here.

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34 thoughts on “God Will Always Get It Right”

  1. Michele, what a powerful quote you have shared and one to think on for certain. So grateful God always gets it right! Blessings!

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  2. So true on remembering to keep all that in check as we age in life. Looking back to see his rightness in our lives is so much easier at times than knowing what the future holds. Best to just enjoy the day, remember his promises, and move forward with hope and happiness. Albeit some days, it is really hard, but believing in his power does help. Would be lost without it. Definitely need to print that quote as a card to have in front of me some days.

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  3. That quote! I know that so much of our walk with God is learning to trust His leadership. Like Joseph of old I want to be able to, with confidence, say that everything the enemy meant for evil God meant for good in my life.

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    1. Me, too, Elizabeth. And it certainly takes a God-sized view of our circumstances to do that with integrity. I think we are all getting a refresher course right now in the sovereignty of God.

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  4. That quote is quite a showstopper. As much as we read of God’s wisdom and hand, we still have a human tendency to questions, “God, is this really from You?” and to wonder how a situation will ever turn out for His glory. I have a couple of people on my heart, and I know some folks going through such heavy trials right now. What a blessing and relief that He carries our sorrows.

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    1. Isn’t it true that we wonder how in the world “good” can ever come from something that seems completely bad to us. I’m writing about Joseph right now, though, and his story makes me stand on my head.

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  5. Michele, the Lecrae quote blew me away! It does unravel all our theology on God always gets it right. A Christian counselor once told me that anger and unforgivneness always have a root of bitterness. And what I celebrate about Isaiah 53:4 is how the prophecy is years before Jesus came to earth and died on a cross, yet, it’s written in past tense. He has already borne all our griefs and carried each of our sorrows, it’s up to us to let Him.

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  6. Wonderful post and food for thought. I do believe God always gets it right. But I don’t believe that everything happens for a reason. I don’t believe that because so often people abuse their free will to the detriment of others. But I also do believe that God can use anything to our God. Romans 8:28. I hope this is not controversial (about everything happening for a reason. I know that many people believe that and so it can be difficult to tackle. Thanks very much. (Another) Michele

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    1. Yes, this is a tricky and controversial aspect of theology for the very reason you stated, and yet God knew what he was doing, and I agree with you that he is able to take even the things we despise (and he despises!) and manufacture good from them.
      Always good to hear from another Michele!

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      1. Thank you. I was mostly hoping that my comment wasn’t upsetting to you or that it would seem to come across as starting trouble. I am a United Methodist Pastor, semi retired, and love theology and biblical studies, but never interested in arguments. Theological discussions certainly call for openness, listening and grace. Thank you for extending those to my comment. Michele

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  7. I’ve written the quote down to ponder on some more – does regret and disappointment turn to bitterness if we don’t face our own failings? Lots to think about while I walk the dogs this afternoon, thanks Michele 🙂

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  9. Forgiveness is hard to do at times, Michele. However, I would prefer not to let the resulting bitterness foster deep within my soul. So, I ask God to give me the strength to forgive, and He comes through for me. That helps me live with peace in my heart.

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    1. Oh, so true. He has borne our grief and carried our sorrow, so just as we don’t come under God’s judgment because of the cross, we can release our need to make everything right and settle all the debts in our lifetime and in our line of sight.
      That’s a great gift.

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  10. That quote made me gasp, it was such a blunt truth. Thank you for sharing this. I know I’ve teased with those fine lines too and this is a great reminder that we really need to watch ourselves.

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  11. I think one of the hardest things in life is taking responsibility for our own actions. It is so much easier to blame others, including God. I know circumstances often play their part and we definitely don’t always have control over them but I hope I never become bitter with age. I hope i always appreciate everything i have and can accomplish everything that I don’t yet. Thank you for sharing this with us at #globalblogging

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