Job loss. Health crisis. Behind on the mortgage. Pending divorce. Death in the family. Where does our hope rest? Staring at bills in despair? Taking a diagnosis as a death sentence? Deciding on divorce before counseling? Blaming God?
I direct these questions mainly to Christians because we are definitely not immune from struggle but it does warrant how strong our faith in God is.
We’re in a world where hard times are seen as more of an effort on our part to correct the situation ourselves instead of relying on God alone and trusting in His Holy Word. Where the question of ‘what are you going to do now’ becomes a shouting match or a blame game that we see as do-it-yourself projects.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4
We may think the world isn’t watching how we Christians react to difficult times, but it is, and they are. And if we look to the how the world handles circumstances then God is seen more as a pretense and not as the source of our strength.
“Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.” Psalm 127:1
Our cry in a (seemingly) hopeless situation should be found in prayer and the Holy Spirit. ‘Lord I know what your word says and I’m placing my job, my finances, my spouse, our children, the doctor’s diagnosis and everything in between, into your hands.’ ‘Lord show me how to hold on without letting go, how to bend without breaking, how to pray with assurance and without doubt.’
God acts where there is faith. In our limitations, weaknesses, and in our willingness to turn over do-it-yourself notions. Let’s resolve to act and stand according to God’s Word and not the world’s questioning of ‘what are we going to do next.’
Let’s go Christians!
“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
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