Have you have had a moment where you threw your hands up in the air and begged the question, “why?”
The universal throwing of the hands explains life’s frustrations in all languages. No translation needed. Sometimes it’s with verbosity and other times in meekness, but no matter the reason or the dramatic interpretation, we understand the question.
I have had many wonderful opportunities and adventures in my life. I have been blessed beyond measure and the Lord keeps pouring on the grace and mercy. He has provided immensely. However, in all of that, I have been dealt trials, pain, and frustrations that sometimes seem overwhelming. These things fight hard to negate the beauty I have had over time. Sometimes darkness knocks at the door and even seeps in through the cracks.
Why? The thorns are often too deep and want to block all joy from coming in. They are meant to bring humility and experience, but the pain is sometimes a burden that wants to deteriorate any sense of purpose or hope.
This is when faith comes in.
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
God’s word speaks truth. Sometimes it is hard to digest or even believe, but trust is necessary in order to get through life.
My youngest daughter is getting baptized soon. As we prepare for this celebration of faith, we asked about the purpose of immersion and what it means when you come out of the water. Faith, hope, obedience, and following the will of the Lord is all the words upon her lips. Faith to face trials is what she said in not so many words. She confirmed my need to hang on when the going gets tough because we live in a fallen world. Christians are not immune to the darkness, but just because it nips at our heals we don’t need to fall prey to it.
Live in the world, but don’t be of the world. Keep the hope that the Lord uses our trials and tribulation as our witness to the faith that we hold.
James 1:2 ESV
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