Have you ever come to a point where you questioned God’s goodness?
“Why is everything so difficult?”
“Why am I all alone?”
“Is there anybody on my side?”
Difficult and painful circumstances often lead us to doubt the character of God.
This is how Lito Marasigan dealt with life growing up.
He was devastated as a child upon seeing how his mother suffered when his father abandoned them for another woman. He often asked God,
“Why is my family broken?”
“Why do I have a miserable childhood?”
“Why am I abandoned and left on my own?”
At an early age, Lito had to be the breadwinner of his family. He did everything to make money to support his family, from selling balut, cigarettes, and newspapers to trading scrap metal.
As he struggled in his everyday life, Lito longed for a complete and whole family. He wondered if God was really fair and good as people said He was.
Do Lito’s sentiments sound familiar to you?
Are you like him as a child? Have you been forced to stand on your own when you still needed someone to guide and walk you through life?
Because he lacked the guidance of a father, Lito was left to fend for himself and grew up a troublemaker.
Lito’s mother encouraged him to trust God’s plan and to live a decent life, but he went on the wrong path to survive on his own.
He struggled to see the purpose of his pain and brokenness. He lived his life with no direction.
Because Lito could not see a future for himself because he had to find the means to survive each day, he resorted to stealing.
But even as Lito broke the law time and time again, God never gave up on pursuing him.
When his partner in crime got mobbed and escaped from being salvaged, he turned to Lito for help.
Overwhelmed by fear and helplessness, Lito was left awake in the middle of the night.
In his restlessness, Lito chanced upon The 700 Club Asia. Listening to the host, Lito that even if he lived his life in his own terms, he was still miserable.
That’s when Lito surrendered his life to Jesus. As he cried for help, he invited Jesus to come to his life and to forgive and make him new.
“Lord, I am tired! Would you move in my life and show me Your miracle?” Lito cried out to the Lord.
Is your heart crying the same prayer as Lito’s?
It’s time to give up control and surrender your life to Jesus. He is gracious to forgive you and embrace you for all you are and all that you have—your desires, concerns, and even your troubles and mistakes.
God’s grace and forgiveness empowered Lito to live a changed life.
Though transformation is not an instant process, he claimed God’s promise in Hebrews 13:5b, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
The Lord is faithful in changing us to be more like His Son Jesus.
Step by step, Lito chose to follow Jesus. Eventually, this path led him to meet his father and to forgive him for abandoning their family. Without hesitation, Lito gave his father the same forgiveness he received from the Lord.
Are you exhausted living on your own? Do you struggle to forgive someone who ruined your life?
Has your pain or bitterness blinded you to see God’s goodness?
Rest in the knowledge that God has always been there for you. He has the power to change your future no matter what kind of past you have.
Though Lito chose to live a reckless life, God still pursued him and showed him His goodness.
Today, God entrusted Lito to lead many people to experience the power that can change lives. God used Lito to plant several churches. And what’s more, Lito is serving God alongside his sons!
“Only God can fulfill the good life you are longing to live,” Lito declared.
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Experience God’s overflowing favor and boundless grace as you extend His goodness to others. God bless you!