Do you, like me, have a funny relationship with social media? It feels like you can’t live without them, but sometimes they also make your toes curl? I know the feeling in general, but especially as a Christian.
Online we can find Christian posts that are beautiful, powerful and encouraging. Yet, some are just the opposite because they are simply not true, or a twist of the truth that can be misleading. In the long run, it can be damaging since it’s false, and we can end up expecting great things from a lie.
Lately, I came across a beautiful image, with a short sentence written on it. It said, “You’re only going through something this difficult because of the size of the blessing God is preparing for you”. ***Insert facepalm emoji here
I thought I’d address this one and a couple more myths while I’m at it.
“You’re only going through something this difficult because of the size of the blessing God is preparing for you”
Truly: Over and over in the Bible, the testing of one’s faith proves to be blessed by God. So where is the myth? Sufferings will always test your faith, but they are not always there for that. Very often, we will never know on this side of heaven, why such or such a thing happened.
To consider: I think of a Syrian Pastor who had his four children murdered in retaliation to his preaching on a Sunday morning. Would you be able to tell this man, “God must have a really big blessing in store for you to suffer this much”? I hope not, because it doesn’t make any sense to try to explain it, and imply God did it. There is great evil in this world. We know about this much.
God will use our various trials and tribulations to produce something good if we let him. He will make us more Christ like, making our lives an improving living testimony – for God’s glory, not ours. He takes care of us, and he loves us, but it’s not all about us.
“God will not give you something you cannot bear”
Truly: We can find in 1 Corinthians 10:13 the following verse: “… God will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand…” So it’s really about temptation, not every single situation in life.
To consider: If we could take all that life is throwing our way, we wouldn’t even need God, and the hope he is giving us on this side of heaven. God’s burden is light and easy, but when divorce breaks your house and your life, it’s not light and easy. Therefore, it’s not something God gives you. It’s also not something anyone should have to bear on their own.
God will always give us a way out of temptation, but for the difficult life situations, he says: “Come to me”.
“If you have enough faith, you’ll have health and wealth”
Truly: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” God will take care of you, but maybe not in the form you desire. If we seek his Kingdom, we will see that he’s really after our hearts, not our pockets.
To consider: if the Word of God is true, then it is true for both the woman working on Wall Street, and the poor farmer with eight kids in Kenya. Both can be very faithful to God, living their purpose, and trusting the Lord. They both have tools in their hands to serve God, one is not more blessed than the other, and we can’t say that the wealthy woman has more faith.
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.” I did not write those words. They come straight from 1 Timothy 6:6-7.
Basically, it really is best to read the Word of God for ourselves, and invest in our faith life. Microwave Bible knowledge will only lead us so far in a direction we may not desire to go. The Word of God says to be discerning, but only when we know the truth can we reject false information. Subscribe to the truth by liking the Bible, and actually following (reading and applying) it!
What other myths do you often hear or read? What is the truth that matches it? Share with us in the comment section below!