Are we allowing the impact of our life circumstances to affect our relationship with God? At times we feel we are the only ones going through difficult situations and we think God may have forsaken us. Job passed through such life changing circumstance – so traumatizing that he was even asked to curse God and die, so he could be out of his misery quickly. Job was a right standing man with God by the way, and yet he was so battered and beat down that he lost EVERYTHING!
When we get curved balls thrown our way, when we’re in the middle of winding roads, trying to find our ‘feeling fine’, getting bashed, pummeled by life and trying not to lose our mind, we have to: BELIEVE IN GOD (still) and ultimately TRUST HIM (even when we can’t see him at work).
The three Hebrew men when they were going to be thrown into the burning furnace for refusing to bow down to the king’s idol, they stood their ground with an unwavering faith: Our God is mighty enough to save us from this fiery furnace, but
even if he doesn’t – we shall not bow to your god! That’s TRUST! That’s some rock solid BELIEF – in the face of wicked billows of smoke and raging fire.
When trials and tribulations come your way, you need to have an anchor. What promise in the scriptures fills in the blank? You find it! Even if you have no words, always believe that He is worthy of our praise. We’ve got God, and with him nothing else matters.
We don’t have to make God a ‘mark’ – only sucking up to him when we’ve got a need. Of course he is able to supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory. But when life happens and all else fail, Romans 8:28 says: for we know all things work together for the good of those who love God and to those who are called according to his purpose.
He will remain ABBA FATHER till eternity. Trust HIM!
…excerpts of Steve Champagne’s last sermon as penned by the stylus of a ready scribe! (Ps. 45:1)