I’m about to drown! Lord, where are you? 1Mt 8:23-27 NIV Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
When I’m surrounded by turmoil and struggles, sometimes it feels like God has abandoned me. No doubt this is testing of my faith however, in the moment, it would be nice to know that it’s only a test. Is that the root of my problem, not recognizing that testing is normal?
If I took God at his word; truly believed what his word says, that he is faithful even when I’m not, that at my worst he sent his son to die in my place, wouldn’t things be different?22Ti 2:11-13 NIV Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.3Ro 5:10 NIV For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Now that I’m thinking about it, isn’t everything a test with varying difficulties? Do the simple tests of everyday life form the foundation for greater tests?
Perhaps it’s similar to the muscles of a person who doesn’t move; muscles that don’t move atrophy. (i.e. a person in a coma) Once those muscles atrophy, even walking, a normal everyday activity, can become a struggle.
My Prayer: God, please give me the grace and the will to exercise and strengthen my spiritual life; I need You to get me through the struggle. May I never turn away from You and continually delight in Your presence. Thank you for loving me and not giving up on me.
If I spend an hour or two a week devoted to God, 99% of my time is away from God.
Considering the math, do I really believe spending 100% of eternity with God is a good idea?
Does how I spend my time reveal that an eternity without God would be a better fit?
My Prayer: Lord, thank you for inviting me into your presence. Please teach me to delight in You and give me the desire and will to spend more and more time with You. 4 Ps 37:4 AV Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Thank you for making a way when there was no way. 2 Joh 3:16-17 AV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Thank you for the grace to respond to your call. Thank you that, unlike me, You are open to relationship 24/7; please make me more like You. 3 2Tim 2:13 ESV If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself. I humble myself before you; with thanksgiving I praise your Holy name!
“Fits of anger generate an illusion that we are strong, simply because it feels like strength; it’s not, it’s actually a terrible weakness.” – David Kupelian, How Evil Works (Paraphrased)
Anytime we ally with the enemy we’re partnering with weakness; how different life would be if we could recognize such a truth.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be complete, lacking in nothing.4James 1:2-4 ESV
Points to ponder:
Is temptation not a trial?
Not succumbing to temptation, is that not a test of our faith?
If we do fail, does repentance not also test our faith?
At the moment of conviction, are we not positioned to be set free from the bondage of the enemy through confession and agreement with God?21Jo 1:9 AV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Is not faith required for us to come boldly into the presence of God?3Heb 4:16 AV Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.
Is it possible that no matter the outcome, if we remain in relationship with God, we are on the road to steadfastness?4Ro 8:28 AV And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Can we have a greater hope; is this not the hope of the gospel?52Tim 1:8-12 NIV So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
My Prayer: Thank you God for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for providing us the way back to unbroken relationship with you. Thank you for the grace to respond to your calling. We are so richly blessed by you! Amen.