My guess is we've all had those kinds of moments, or years, when there seemed to be no hope and life felt too difficult to bear. I've been known to say, "Stop the world. I want to get off."
Sadly, as we saw today in Boston, that can happen--unimaginable heartache and paralyzing fear. We are left to pray, to trust and to help one another.
When we find ourselves in the midst of what we thought was impossible, it's hard to keep hold of the truth-- that God has everything worked out and He holds out his arms to offer rest and peace to His children. Sometimes, when I need to be strong that's when my faith feels limp and skimpy, kind of like a salad that's been left sitting out too long. And then I am left to wonder why? I love His Word. I love Him. But sometimes my faith does not express those feelings. I guess it might have something to do with the fact that faith can't be just an emotion. It's a gift, but even the most powerful runner must work to build his strength and endurance. Pressure helps build faith muscles and the unexpected teaches us to be flexible.
I've had what feels like a lot of faith-training. Generally it's not much fun but there is no room for whining, especially when I look at someone like the apostle Paul. He paid dearly for his faith, but the rewards were huge. Paul said, "To die is gain." How many of us can say we feel that way? Powerful training produced this kind of faith Paul loved the Lord with his whole heart and he submitted himself fully to God.
I want to have faith like Paul, but it comes at a cost. Am I willing? Paul saw beyond his present condition, to a greater calling. His vision was clear. Would it have been so if he hadn't learned to trust God in the worst of circumstances? It wasn't an easy road to fully understand that God always does what He says He'll do-to know God never lies.
His Word is alight with precious promises we can believe in. When we look back at the trials of our lives we can see His hand in it all.
He is our refuge
He will sustain us
Those who mourn will be comforted
He will not forget us.
He is faithful.
He turns darkness into light.
He gives strength to the weary.
He works all things to the good for those who love Him.
All who believe in the Son shall have eternal life.
These are only some of God's promises. There are many more. To know them . . . to know Him we must seek Him. Another promise says, "If you seek Him, He will be found by you."
God offers no conditions. His promise is not complicated. It is clear and it is certain.
So, the only question you need to ask is, "Am I seeking?"
Grace and peace to you from God,