Our christian journey is not without trials and sometimes even great turmoil. As we walk the path of our salvation in Christ we may encounter great sadness, suffering, pain, loneliness, diverse temptations, perceived lack and many other circumstances. Oftentimes we feel that we are on an island and that no one who professes Christ should go through such distresses in life. After all He promised us joy, love, grace sufficient for every situation, peace that surpasses all understanding, strength and power… the very power that broke our Lord free from the grips of the grave.
Why do I feel lost? How can so many of my brothers and sisters go through without problems and have such joyful testimonies of lives free from sufferings? Has God abandoned me? Didn’t Jesus promise me life and that more abundant?
These are questions that many ask themselves as they seem to struggle with acclimating salvation, faith and God’s promises to the life a christian lives in this world. Yet be assured that God’s promises are Yea and AMEN! (2 Corinthians 1:20 – For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.)
Even if no member of the body of Christ ever admits that they have been on the paths of turmoil and trials that you may find yourself walking, ALWAYS remember what our Lord said; “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20 You are never alone.
Jesus spoke often of being with us even after He would return to the Father. The Lord knows the human nature and is very much aware of our weaknesses. We see that on many occasions His words to us are “do not be afraid” and “I am with you.” We learn to acclimate or incorporate these things into our faith and our journey by knowing and understanding our Lord Jesus the Son of Man.
Every situation that started this post is one that our Savior is intimately familiar with.
- Jesus experienced great sadness when He arrived to at the home of Mary and Martha the sisters of Lazarus; who’d recently died. (John 11:32-35)
- Jesus knew pain and suffering even before His Crucifixion; witnessing daily the painful sufferings of the people who flocked to Him to be made whole. Our Redeemer’s loneliest moment must have been in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:38-40) it was at a time of overwhelming sorrow in His own heart.
- Jesus was subjected to diverse temptations for 40 days by the devil. (Luke 4:2).
- Jesus had to deal with lack perceived lack (Mark 6:36-41; Matthew 17:24-27)
- Our Lord Jesus who is the Christ and our High Priest knows has experienced, knows and understands every dilemma we face in this world. (For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
Jesus endured the human condition knowing what we would go through this world. Our work for the furthering of His Kingdom to the glory of God our Father is here and all of us… (yes, we are NOT on an island) will encounter trials and troubles. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 – We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body……. (cont)
Through our faith believing and trusting in all Jesus promised us we can persevere through the toughest circumstances in this world. Have you noticed in the Word how many times Jesus used these words, “Your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” it still stands true today. We must hold securely by faith KNOWING and BELIEVING the Word our Risen Savior; John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus has overcome the world on our behalf.
Will we encounter turmoil and trials? Yes of course we will. Jesus said we would. But I do know this; through a life’s most turbulent storms we should be at peace. The Holy Spirit of the Lord brings a peace in the soul that surpasses a person’s ability to comprehend. Without question it is an all encompassing peace and deep love that one can rest and abide in. In the midst of very sorrowful and even mournful event we should have the ability to perceive though Christ; the greatest joys of Life. When we yield to the Holy Spirit we are filled with understanding and comprehension that is awesome and beyond anything the natural mind can conceive.
We truly can do ALL these things and ENDURE all things through Christ who gives us strength. This strength comes to fruition when we trust Him completely without relying upon our ways and sight. It is manisfested from within us when we walk totally by our faith in the Lord and His promises that are eternal. Most importantly it becomes a continual comfort and peace as we come to INTIMATELY know Jesus. Having an understanding of the path He walked and all that He endured, we will come to know truly that we are not alone and that there is NOTHING that we can encounter in this life that he will not only see us through. We come through our darkest hours victoriously with the understanding that He has encountered and endured the sufferings and temptations of the world with perseverance, obedience, and victory. Surely we realize that we are NOT alone. Jesus is with us.
To firmly believe and have faith in God we must truly take time to deeply know Him and having done so we will sincerely love Him intensely. Do not read these post and believe the content. The challenge to you is not to believe on what you’ve heard alone but to be of NOBLE character (Acts 17:11). It is a proposition to you; to study the Word prayerfully. It’s beneficial to set aside quiet private times to talk to God and also to be still in His presence allowing His Holy Spirit to speak to you. Take the journey that Christ has in mind for the church; a journey filled with Peace, Love, Power, Grace, Joy and Victory in every circumstance.
We are not alone! Even as we have Christ we should be confident that we have one another.
- We must come out of our hiding places and confess our weaknesses to one another; by this we build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- We should share our testimonies of how the Lord has brought us through our weakest hours because it is by the Blood of Jesus and word of our testiony we overcome satan who is our accuser (Revelation 12:10-11)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”” Hebrews 13:5-6