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There’s a catchy tune sung by country music superstar Carrie Underwood entitled “Love Wins.” Two other notable songwriters were involved in the production of this song: singer-songwriter Brett James and music producer-songwriter, David Garcia.
Coincidentally, James co-wrote Underwood’s 2006 global hit, “Jesus Take the Wheel.” I doubt this song will garner as much popularity, but it certainly caught my attention. What I especially like are the words of the chorus:
“I, I believe you and me are sisters and brothers. And I, I believe we’re made to be here for each other. And we’ll never fall if we walk hand in hand. Put a world that seems broken back together again. Yeah I, I believe in the end loves wins. Oh yeah, love wins.”
As fellow Christians, I’m pretty sure Underwood is singing about followers of our Risen Lord walking hand-in-hand through the trials of this world, encouraging each other as we know the story unfolds in the end.
All love comes from our Father in Heaven. Yes, there are times when it may look like He may not love us, but He truly does. Sadly, He’s blamed for all kinds of things He does not cause.
Yes, He may allow natural disasters to happen, but He’s not the cause of such events. There is a Destroyer who has been wreaking havoc on this world since the beginning of history.
Simply look back to the first chapter in Job and see how Satan worked in the lives of one of the early saints. Job went through more sorrow, heartache and pain than anyone should have to bear, yet in Job 1:20-22 we’re told:
“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised,’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
You see, Job realized that God allows the good, the bad and the ugly events of life to fall on us. We need to do our best to see the big picture of God at work in the lives of all His creation in the universe rather than have a myopic view of our present condition.
It’s easy to get down on life when things aren’t going the way we hoped. You may have experienced the loss of a loved one. Perhaps you’ve been passed over for a promotion at work or lost out on a big sale that would get you out of a financial dilemma. You may be dealing with an illness and sense that things will only get worse. Perhaps a natural disaster has taken a toll on you and your family.
The list is endless, and you may well find yourself blaming God for not getting you out of your abysmal situation.
Over the years, I’ve learned to thank Him for whatever circumstances I might find myself. In His time, I know I’ll find out just why and how He’ll use those circumstances to strengthen me in my journey here on earth. I’m always better for the experience, and I’ve learned to not let bitterness get a stranglehold on me.
In Philippians 4:12-13, the Apostle Paul explains, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him, who gives me strength.”
I’ve always taken the “him” to mean the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They’ve got all the bases covered, and we simply need to trust in Their taking charge of what we cannot control. Yes, sometimes we bring hardship on ourselves and sometimes our Heavenly Father must humble us as we travel the road of life.
Whatever our condition, we need to give Him the glory and trust that “Love Wins” in the end.
The song ends with these simple yet profound words:
“Love will, love can, love still, love wins. Love will, love can, love still, love wins.”
God’s love will win out in the end. Trust in Him while there’s still time!
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— Jim Langley has been writing for more than 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw near to Him as well. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies columns in 2014, and he now reaches an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Monday Manna. He can be contacted at [email protected] for more information. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.