There comes a time in life when your trust, and hope, in God is truly tested. Trusting and believing is no longer just talk. Circumstances are so that you either trust God, or you don’t because the situation will not allow you to be lukewarm. The test may come through losing not only your job, but finances, or great health issues arise for you or those near and dear to you, or children give you grief, or the unimaginable occurs, and you wonder what is really going on. You find yourself in a position where you either believe, or don’t believe that God’s grace is sufficient. You either rest, or doubt in Christ’s finished work on the cross.
Being mindful of C.S. Lewis’ “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world”, I am resigned to believe that pain is posturing which shouts to us, “Trust me. I am your God. Seek me. I am with you. My grace is sufficient for you.” My pastor remarked on Sunday that these ‘pivotal points’ should be times of great reflection (and testimony) on how God has carried you through some things, and if He did it for you once, He will do for you again and if He did it for someone else, surely He will do it for you.
I know a lot of you, and those dearly close to you, are going through some things. Trust requires us to look back on our lives and be mindful about how good the hand of God has been upon us. (Nehemiah 2:18).
Father, your grace is sufficient for us. God of heaven will prosper us heal and bind our wounds. You will carry us for it is written do not be dismayed for I am with you; I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with the righteousness of my right hand. Let our trust in you be as unfailing as you are to us. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.