What Was God Thinking?

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While writing about mental health I wondered – what was God thinking, when He planned my life knowing all I would face? Did He know what was coming before I was born? Did He have a plan for it all? The answer is yes and yes.

Believers in Christ are in God’s mind, before the foundation of the world. Amazing! Right? And, as the Creator, God knew all about my life before I drew my first breath. He knew the color of my hair. He knew it would thin as I aged. He knew I would struggle in school. He knew I would have mental illness. And, in spite of this He had a plan and it was good.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good
to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.

Because of this truth I can know with absolute certainty that God causes all things to work together for good. Even the bad things. Most people, including myself, think these good things are like cancer going into remission, new friends after a difficult move or a fresh start after a job loss. But this is not what good in this verse means. Actually, it has a better meaning. By looking at the next verse, the definition of good becomes clearer.

For those whom He foreknew,
He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

The good then that God purposes, through the events of our lives, is conformity to the image of His Son. It is God’s plan that the Christian becomes more like Jesus. A question might be, how does struggling with mental illness, make someone like Jesus?

Any illness has the effect of humbling a person. It shows that we are lacking in some way and gives the opportunity to trust God with the unknown. The process of being ill and dealing with a chronic illness gives opportunities to develop patience.

How has God used something in your life to make you more like Jesus? How has a difficult situation changed your character for the good?

Related: Mentally Healthy Christians

End Notes
Ephesians 1:4
Romans 8:28 NASB, 1960 (Italics added)
Truth of Romans 8:28 learned from Kay Arthur
Romans 8:29 NASB, 1960

© 2019 Lena Rae

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Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

4 thoughts on “What Was God Thinking?”

  1. Great thought provoking post!! I lived very much in the world in my early twenties BUT thought I was a Christian though I was truly clueless about genuine faith…God grabbed my attention through an irresponsible drinking moment and it changed my life causing me to seek and develop a relationship with Him in a whole new way…the shame from that drinking moment has caused the very best kind of good in my life, the goodness only God can provide!

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  2. God fulfilled a dream for me. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I was working a very physical job that was actually a mans job. I was hurt on the job causing me to stop working for years. God showed me the way to be able to keep our house and live the life I always dreamed of and to be able to raise my daughter and son.

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