God can use all things for the good of those who love him and are called according to his plan.  —Romans 8:28

It’s amazing how quickly we forget and how quickly we start telling ourselves a story that doesn’t align with the story or perspective God is telling through our lives. We see this all throughout scripture. Elijah, the most powerful prophet of his day, has just performed the greatest, most powerful display of God’s anointing by calling down fire from heaven. The entire community was there to witness it. Several verses later, he is running for his life and asks God to take his life. Fear has a way of telling us a story about God and about ourselves that isn’t true.

We can’t choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we respond and the meaning it has for us.

There have been a lot of terrible things that have happened, but we serve a God who takes all of it, the bad and uses it for good. He can do what we can’t with our pain.

Too often, the story we tell ourselves is rooted in what we’ve experienced, not in who God is. God is good. God has a plan for our lives. God wants to see us prosper in every area of life. He says life will be hard, but he also says we can take heart because he’s overcome it. We serve a God who went to the cross because of what it would do for us. He understood that the story God sent him to live was the story our world needed to experience.

The world needs your story. The world needs the story God wants to tell through your life. The story you tell needs to be consistent with the story God sees. Scripture helps us align our story with God’s story. Scripture, prayer, and other believers help clarify the story of God in our lives.

It’s important for us to focus on God’s story so we don’t get distracted in a storyline rooted in fear.


How have you been telling a story rooted in fear, not in God’s plan for your life? How do you need to align the story you are telling yourself with the story God expresses in scripture?