Divorce. Death. Natural disasters. Sickness. Depression. Struggling to make ends meet. Broken heartedness. Disappointment. Cancer. These are just a few things embedded in life. One would think – especially after something life-changing – and you trust in Jesus that bad things would no longer happen. I could refer to all kinds of scripture to prove my point, yet I don’t think I have ever seen a time when God’s people seem to be suffering more than they are right now.
Remember where you are. God gave the enemy this “playground” for a time. This is his (the enemy’s) domain. This earth isn’t heaven although sometimes the Father allows us to see glimpses of it here.
Because life is hard at best, so many who were passionate about their salvation have allowed their light and love for him to become dim. Once so bold with His love, we’ve grown cold and find it difficult to usher a smile, let alone a word. We’ve become a selfish people (note I said WE), and may I say in a human kind of way, rightfully so. Life has beat us up. We walk around with all kinds of heartbreaks, disappointments and frankly, things haven’t turned out at all like we thought they would.
The enemy has successfully, in many cases, shut us up. Perhaps faith has wavered because of what we’ve been through or going through and we’ve grown cold and silent.
Let’s try a different perspective. Let’s believe that all we’ve been through is so we can help and encourage someone else. Let’s choose to love and keep growing our faith in spite of how we feel and what we think (Proverbs 3:5-6). After all of this, are you going to stop believing in God now? So many do; they get mad at God and turn away from Him.
Let’s believe Romans 8:28 – ALL things work together for the good…all means all things – even the bad. After all this, we’ve seen His provision, we’ve had a glimpse of His glory and He’s chosen us to bolster someone else’s faith that although all hell breaks loose He’s still faithful and will do exactly what He says He will: be with us, never leave us, and see us through whatever moment of darkness we find ourselves in.
Don’t let the enemy silence you. Remember who you are and Whose you are. You’re more than a conqueror. You’re royalty; live like you believe it. “By your endurance you gain your lives.” Luke 21:19 (NASB)