Today I want to take a look at what God thinks about whether it’s okay to not be okay. I believe God thinks it’s okay to not be okay.
A brief look through the Bible shows us a couple of things:
- Joseph spent many years in the dungeon in Egypt – all the while knowing that his father believes he is dead.
- King David spent many years hiding in caves with no food while in fear for his life.
- Elijah hid underneath the wormwood tree and asked God to take his life. He had reached his end and was suicidal.
- Jonah spent three days inside a whale – if that’s not okay, I don’t know what is.
- The Israelites spent well over 40 years in the wilderness eating manna provided by God. I thought college food was bad – and the same thing every day. For 40 years, they ate dry crackers! That’s not my idea of okay.
Just a few examples of people who could be very easily classified as “not okay.”
Why would God think that it’s okay for them to be not okay? A couple of reasons come to mind:
- If we are not okay, it’s a reminder to us that we, as Christians, are not “of this world.” This is not our home, so the fact that we’re not okay keeps us longing for the real world and the real life with Jesus in Heaven.
- If we’re not okay and especially if we don’t know what to do about it, it fosters a reliance on God. We need to trust Him because we can’t do it on our own.
- When we are okay with not being okay, we also become more motivated to do something about it. As the popular Christian song says, “I shook my fists at heaven and said, “God why don’t you do something?” “I did, my son, I created you.” If we are okay with not being okay, that doesn’t mean that we’re complacent about it, it means we acknowledge it and strive for better. That makes God happy.
God is good with us being okay with not being okay because it helps us rely on him, fosters and encourages our ability to care and make a diffe3rence and see the bigger picture.
God loves you. God loves me. He doesn’t want us to not be okay, but he’s okay with us not being okay because it makes us better followers of his Word, better change agents to make the world a better place for His people and more motivated to share His love with others.
And that works for me.