I’ve been feeling likeÂ I’ve lostÂ my sense of direction. Things of course, have been getting harder with the passing of time. The freedom I was hanging on to has been seeming smashed. Hope has mysteriously disappeared. The future… the future is still shrouded in a very dense, black cloud.
You would think that as a Christian who’s been walking the same road for over 35 years or more, that I would learn from a few lessons along the way. And I have. But some lessons apparently bear repeating. Then along with the same lessons, there are new lessons to learn also.
The lessons are harsh sometimes, and they can take a lot oout of you both physically and emotionally. I’m not refering to the battle of faith that many Christians are going through right now with the freedom of speech, but of overall life: keeping your cool in extreme situations where you feel like you want to give up. Let me tell you a secret to giving up: there is no such thing. You will always stand by your convictions. You won’t back down, but most likely you will resign yourself that whatever it is that you’re fighting against is a losing battle. So you simply walk away, knowing that those circumstances aren’t going to change. Paul refered to it as being content in every situation: whether you’re in the good or bad.
It’s come down to focusing my thoughts, my actions, and a whole lot more, on trusting God. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that trust can be fleeting. The bible tells us to trust no man. But God? God is not a man who should/would lie. Man always tries to straighten the path that God makes crooked (but not nessarily wide). It’s in our nature toÂ make life easier for ourselves.
Of course, God isn’t going to lie to you. But that still doesn’t mean that God has it in easy for you. Yeah, you can get to heaven from here. You can enter into the Holy of Holies. But somewhere along the deepening bond building up between you and God there is hardship. And I am not going to lie. The greatest hardship you/we/me is ever going to have is trusting people.
You see, we have no choice but to trust God. God isn’t going to fail us. God isn’t going to die, turn His back on us, or do any of the thousands of things that people do.
One of the most beautiful phrases, among many in the Bible is “God is with us” It’s found in Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Â There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!