Inside: Are you struggling and weary from tough times? Did you think the Christian Life should be easy? Learn how to have confident faith in harsh times.
Today I’m sharing over at Debbie Kitterman’s site! I was drawn to her site because I want to hear God. I would always joke to others that God needed to a) either smack me upside the head to get my attention or b) light up a neon sign. I’ve since learned, I need to be quiet and listen. God wants to be heard! Debbie is full of faith and wisdom! I hope you’ll check out her site.
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The last few years have been the hardest of my life. Deaths, sickness, addiction, family estrangement, and moving are just a few examples that I can recall quickly. I can look back now and say they have brought me to greater faith. However, during those moments, I questioned what the heck God was doing. I found it takes great faith in hard times.
When a loved one dies unexpectedly, it hurts, and our human minds can’t comprehend the good that can come out of it. We’re told to believe what we can’t see, but all we see and feel is our loss.
Actually, in each of the scenarios I listed above, it’s difficult to understand how God can work it together for us, the ones who love Him.
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We have answers to some of these issues in the Bible about faith in hard times.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28, NLT).
Debunking the Myth
When I was a child and even young adult, I viewed God as a superhero. Like Spiderman, He would rush in and save the Christian people and banish the evil people. He would maintain order and not let bad things befall His followers. God would be ever vigilant to keep peace at bay, and we wouldn’t have to worry about danger affecting our lives.
To put it another way, I decided that since He loved His sheep, He wouldn’t let anything bad happen to them. He would keep them safe whatever the cost since He’s the Good Shephard.
Or how about I expected that the Creator of the Universe to keep me from all distress, hurts and other bad things. I mean, He has complete control over everything so shouldn’t He keep me safe since I am following Him?
The cornerstone question is: Shouldn’t His followers be taken care of and let the real evil people suffer instead?
Don’t my expectations sound horrible now that I’ve admitted and written them down? Tell me I’m not the only one who has felt this way?
Faith in Harsh Times
The last few years have set my false beliefs on their head. I’ve had to toss them away and look deep into God’s word to replace my expectations with God’s truth. Sometimes it’s painful to debunk what you had thought previously.
I’ve been surprised, frustrated and anxious during these times because it seems like evil keeps descending into my life. Anger at God has been a common reaction in the past.
Don’t we all want a break from the trying times and yet they seem to come in succession one after the other?
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