We misread God’s work all the time. One of our most common mistakes is that we incorrectly draw a correlation between (a) an easy, happy life, and (b) God’s approval. If things are going great, it is proof that God is good to us.
Not so fast. The Old Testament prophet said, “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your sins” (Amos 3:2).
Sometimes, God does what he hates in order to accomplish what he loves. He brings judgment upon us in order to lead us back to him and onto the road to recovery. As his children, we never move so far from God that he can’t reach us. And while he hates our sin, God has never lost a child yet.
J.I. Packer wrote, “Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.”
Recovery Step: Trust in the God who loves you too much to turn the other way when you walk in your addiction.