Yeah, some religions make you feel like the ONLY reason anyone experiences a problem is because they have done something bad and it’s the universe’s way of getting back at them. Automatic karma, right?
Joyce Meyer is a great Minister and Bible Teacher in St. Louis, MO who has a tremendous following. In her early years, she had been through a LOT of turmoil with being abused by her father and her first husband and pretty much life in general. After hearing her story it is so hard to believe anyone could go through that. Anyway . . . because of how she was raised/treated/abused she was harsh, insecure, untrusting, depressed, and most of the time downright grumpy.
Now here was her 2nd (and current) husband Dave who looked like her polar opposite. He was a nice happy-go-lucky man without a care in the world and tried to treat her with the utmost kindness and wanted her to experience the happiest life to the fullest. Of course this happiness would often annoy Joyce to no end. She thought, “God why am I so miserable, but you make him so happy all the time? Must be SO nice for him to not grow up the way I did and he can actually enjoy life! Why is he so lucky?”
After many many years, she finally realized (and as she so eloquently puts it) “Dave’s joy was the salt that God used to make me thirsty to have what he had”. God did not take her annoyance away because He wanted her experience the same joy he had.
So what did God do? Did God just GIVE her those feelings of joy right to her? No. He put Dave in her life to challenge her own way of thinking so she could accept joy in her life. It definitely did not take overnight and many times Dave wanted to leave her because she was so difficult to live with. But God helped give both of them strength to endure and help each other and Joyce was finally able to learn the lesson of receiving joy in her life despite her horrible circumstances in her past.