Dealing with trials is part of life. We can’t outrun or outsmart them. We can’t even be a “good enough” Christian to avoid them. What we can do is remain faithful to God…no matter how hard the road before us, no matter how uncertain things seem or how painful it becomes.
Easy? Hardly. Heck, we oftentimes blame God in the first place!
When everything is going right in our life, it’s easy to stay faithful. But what happens when everything is going wrong? Or the worse thing we could ever imagine happens? What if our greatest fears come to pass? Or a difficult season stretches on for weeks, months or even years?
I almost always think about Job of the Old Testament. He lost everything that mattered to him. It’s one thing to have empty pockets and a broken body…but to have all of your children die? Even the loss of just one I cannot imagine. And so, I have to ask myself, would I be able to remain faithful if I were in Job’s shoes? I would like to be able to say yes, that I would…however, I really don’t know.
I know it’s not the Sunday School answer. But it’s my honest answer.
I’ve been mad at God plenty of times. Even if I haven’t blamed Him for circumstances, I’ve been sure to remind Him of the power He has to change them. I might have lost my way and my faith may have been teetering on the edge, but I never fully turned my back on God. The good news is that even I had, He would welcome me back with open arms.
Deep down inside we know He is the answer to our trials. And even if He chose not to do anything about what we’re going through, He is the one who will carry us through.
Life is full of unfair events, tragic loss and disappointments. We have little control over much of what happens. But we can determine there is no better place to run to, than His arms of comfort.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Psalm 139:7-12 (NIV)
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