I’ve been thinking about our love of superheroes. This world has no shortage of comic books, movies, and TV shows based on them.
My family and I could easily rattle off our own list of personal favorites.
And I think this human inclination is so very understandable. Deep down inside we know there has to be something better than the pain and brokenness of this world. And we want someone to fix it all.
We cheer as we watch good triumph over evil. We long to see justice prevail. We want all wrongs righted.
These are good things to want!
But this is where it gets tough… this is when we can begin to question a good God who doesn’t show up with the immediacy we love to see on the silver screen.
“Someone needs rescue, God. I need rescue! Where are You?!”
Because that’s what the good guys do, right? They show up right away and set things right.
That’s what the books and movies tell us. That’s what our hearts long for. That’s what seems to make the most sense.
We have a good God who asks us to, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12, NIV)
We have a good God who reminds us to, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4, NIV)
We have a good God who tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5, NIV)
We have a good God who promises He is able to work all things together for good. (Romans 8:28) A good God who promises what the enemy intends for evil, He can use for good in our lives and the lives of countless others. (Genesis 50:20) A good God who reminds us that although His ways are not our ways,(Isaiah 55:8-9) His ways are still good. (Psalm 18:30; Deuteronomy 32:4) A good God who promises He is making everything right. (Revelation 21:4)
But here’s something He doesn’t promise. He doesn’t promise that His rescue will show up when or how we want. He doesn’t promise to be our superhero.
He’s actually someone even better.
He is infinitely wise and powerful, loving and good, understanding and merciful. He stands outside of what we know as time and sees everything. Nothing is too hard for Him, but He knows what needs to happen when. He is the perfect Redeemer and Rescuer, and He now and forever knows what we need better than we do.
Are there places in my own life I want to see Him move right now? Yes. For sure. Are there days I struggle to trust Him? Absolutely. I’m so very human.
But I’m reminding myself to keep turning and returning to His Word. To keep turning and returning to what I know of Him. To keep turning and returning to the One who has rescued me for all eternity because I can trust He won’t just up and forsake me.
I know all of this can be hard. So very, very, very hard. But we can keep staying disappointed in Him, or we can start asking Him to help us trust Him.
Let’s cry out to Him, wait patiently for Him, and know that His love isn’t always found in our immediate rescue. It’s found in the ultimate good He’s working out for us. It’s found in His presence that stays with us every step of the way. And sometimes, it’s even found in His delay.
“I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3
Learning to truly trust Him,