“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4
One misperception about disciples of Jesus is that we don’t go through difficult times. That is sad and funny at the same time. It is sad when someone comes to Jesus then wonders why they still face issues in life and it is funny when those who are unbelievers think God must not be real if He doesn’t prevent His followers from facing trouble.
If either of these were true the Bible wouldn’t be filled with scriptures like Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” or “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4. Why would those verses be there if WE didn’t need them? They wouldn’t be.
I am so thankful that God knows that we are weak. It is often during difficult times that He can best work in us. Why? Because it is during those times that we realize that we are weak. More often than not we want to live our lives the way we want to…until the consequences of such comes along.
Although it is not always things of our own doing that hurt us or cause us to struggle. This past week I found out some information that was very hurtful and is causing me to struggle a little with forgiveness. It didn’t take long though for me to realize that I have a ‘But God’. That in times like these, when people or circumstances tell us one thing, God reminds us of who and Whose we are. We are His.
The phrase ‘I am His and He is mine’ from Song of Solomon (chapter 2) has really been touching my heart lately. It has been a reminder that He chose me…just as He has chosen you. He hasn’t picked us randomly, or opened a book of names and pointed His finger at one and said ‘Oh, Tara…yeah, I’ll accept her. I’ll take her.’ No! What does John 3:16 say? It says ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.’
Jesus died for all. Not just for those of the Jewish faith or for those that choose to become His followers. He died for each and every one of us; ‘For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.’ 1 Timothy 2:5-6
I cannot speak of the situation that occurred this week, not yet. But what I can say is that when we do become followers of Jesus, He does change us. Although there is that part of me that is struggling with forgiveness (for a hurt caused to a loved one), I can honestly say that I feel at peace. I do wish the situation was different but I know with all my heart that God is in the midst of it. That if the situation doesn’t change, and it may not, He will sustain us.
I actually find it kind of odd that I’m not reacting differently than I am. Less than two years ago I would have been devastated by the news I received. I am sad, but not devastated. I am disappointed that people and situations haven’t changed, but not surprised.
And as I’m writing this, God is reminding me of why…because I am HIS. He has my back and the back of my loved ones. He is our sustainer. He is our Good, Good Father. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He doesn’t condemn us when we trip up…which we all do. He doesn’t tell me that someone is better than I am or that I should try to be like someone else.
He loves me as I am. Because He loves me, He encourages me and guides me to become a better person. With no comparison to anyone else but He guides me to become more and more like His Son Jesus.
The one caveat to this is that the Holy Spirit, which is the aspect of God we feel guide us, is the gift we receive when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
I don’t know where you stand in your life right now. Whether life is going good or if your struggling, I encourage you to choose Jesus in every circumstance. Regardless of what others might say, He truly is the ‘Way, the Truth and the Life.’
I’ve believe in Jesus and God all my life but I didn’t really see what He could do for me and through me until I gave my life to Him. He has truly changed me, for the better.
I hope and pray you will choose Him too.
Praying for you in Jesus’ precious name.
**picture is a tattoo I have of the Arabic letter N- a reminder that God loves us and will come after our hearts…even if He has to drag someone to speak the Truth to us…as He did with Jonah for the people of Nineva!