Refer To STEP 4: I choose to believe what God says about Himself: that He is good and can be trusted.
The Almighty makes miracles when He pleases, wonder after wonder, and this world rests in His hands.
The Scriptures tell us to not be conformed to this world but to be transformed. The way to do this is by renewing our minds. If our minds are renewed, we can pray with the correct perspective. But what is really involved in renewing your mind?
When you’ve experienced abuse—any abuse—it impacts how you perceive reality. You see things differently—more apprehensively and with less confidence. To be candid, most who have been abused wonder if God is literally in charge. They might believe it as a doctrinal statement, but not literally—not from their own experience. They just don’t see it. Abused people routinely think, “If God was in charge, He wouldn’t have allowed . . . (fill in the blank).”
That’s where we have to begin our recovery process. We need to renew our minds about how we perceive reality. Until we do, we will not make much progress.
Eventually, we need to come to this place: God is in charge of everything. According to the Scriptures, “There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” This is either true, or it isn’t. If you want to have a full and productive life, you can begin by renewing your mind to accept that God is alive and powerful, active in the affairs of mankind.
That includes your life. Even if you feel certain He had abandoned you, which most abused people do, especially soon after their experience, He has not. It just feels like He has. He is there, whether you think He is or not. You can count on it, and you should count on it.
Oh Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee. (Jeremiah 32:17)