I must admit that I was really hoping to have my next section of Revelation up by now. Unfortunately, it’s just not to be. I have been having a number of discussions with friends and folks who appear to be going through rather significant trials.
Some are going through trials of life. And I do not want to minimize this because I think we can all identify with them. And let’s face it, when we go through such trials, ourselves, they seem so immense, like nothing we’ve really imagined before. Eventually these do pass; and hopefully we move on, and our faith is increased.
Others are going through trials as the result of their faith and stance on the word of God. While I could easily provide a number of verses and passages to show how such suffering is normal and called for in the life of the Christian, I don’t believe that’s what’s necessary right now. I don’t think this is a good time to see how many verses I can recall.
When these types of trials come, it’s very easy to feel very secluded, alone, and utterly cut off. The primary reason for this isn’t a doubt of scriptures. And it’s likely not due to a lack of knowledge of what God says about trials. Rather, this comes as the result of self-doubt and self-criticism.
I’m not sure if any of you have been there. I know I have been. In fact, I’m going through a bit of it myself, right now. You see, we question our involvement in the kingdom of God. We question our calling and whether we’re operating according to it or whether we’re stark opposition and God’s trying to effect a course correction. We might question whether God’s trying say something to us and we’re simply too caught up to listen. And the list goes on.
All I can say is this: God is not caught off guard by what is occurring in our lives. And we didn’t just fall off course and out of his will. Sure, our personalities are involved. And sometimes we get frustrated, angry, hurt. But God knows all of that before hand. Yet, he still chooses to place us in certain positions that are uniquely required to conform us more to the image of his son. This doesn’t mean we’re off-base at all. But he is the Potter. And sometimes he needs to simply reshape a little clay. And sometimes he needs to remove whole chunks. But he will perfect his work in us. In fact, he’s doing this because he is faithful.
So, take courage! And do not despair. If you have moments of weakness where you give in to temptation, then pick yourself and keep on going. When a lack of understanding seems to be an unmoveable wall, rely on the things that you do know to do. And, take comfort in knowing that there is no condemnation to all of us in Christ. If there’s no condemnation from our God, why do we fear condemnation from man? And why condemn ourselves?
Do me a favor, if you will. Just because we’re separated by much distance and most of us have never seen one another face to face, let’s remember to lift each other up in prayer. My heart breaks for some of these dear people as I can kinda see what God may be doing through them because I’m detached from their battle. And I too need my friends when I go through such things.
I will try to get the Revelation post up soon. Thanks for your patience with me.