I’ve got a problem. You’ve got a problem. We all have problems. If you have any church background, you know God uses problems to accomplish a number of things in our lives. Problems stretch our faith, build our character, and change us into the image of Christ. But do you know what problems do more than anything else? They reveal the way we look at God.

Some people look at God as Someone Who sees them as the most beautiful thing in the universe because of the payment made by His Son. They realize they are unconditionally loved, accepted, and forgiven. No matter what God allows to come into their lives, they have peace.

Others see God as Someone Who is out to get them. They think every time something goes wrong, God’s judging them. Instead of seeing God’s mercy and grace, they choose to focus upon His judgment and wrath.

Listen, I want you to get this, Christian. There is someone out to get you and me, and it’s not God. It’s the devil. If he can get us to be afraid of God, he can keep us from being productive servants for Him.

Do you want the peace of God when the circumstances of life hit you hard? Start changing the way you look at Him. Remember God’s own Son came back from the dead to give you everlasting life. Nothing—not even the devil—can disturb your world, because God’s in control.

When the devil starts messing, God starts blessing. — R.W. Schambach

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder