Sometimes it’s difficult to see God in our lives when everything falls apart. I mean what are we to think when a child dies, we lose our job, the economy collapses or a tornado destroys our house? Can God really be in those moments?
While we know that we live in a fallen world and sometimes the pressures and hurts are simply a result we also have those times when we are led to ask “God where are you or why is this happening to me?”
Recently Tracey and I went to a conference with people that understand pain, loss and the trauma of trying to live life in their own power. Of course if you know your Bible you know we have no power to live life apart from Christ but most only come to that conclusion after we have completely exhausted all of our own resources and even our own physical strength most of the time.
Meredith Bub sat with several of us Saturday night for dinner. While there were so many things shared it was one particular thing she said that I remember. Meredith has a young son and she made the statement “I’m going to fail him and it’s good for him that I fail him.” Wow! To someone that isn’t listening by way of the Spirit this would sound insane. The truth is if we are depending on other things rather than God it is good that they fail us. It seems most of the time it is only when other things such as jobs, reputations, family members, etc. fail us that we look to the only one that will not fail and his name is Jesus Christ. Meredith was simply acknowledging that she wants her son, Riley, to learn to trust Christ over and above anyone or anything else. Sadly enough he’s most likely going to be like the rest of us and have to feel the disappointment that comes when we have our faith misplaced.
At some point we will all be let down if we are trusting in anything other than Christ. Jeremiah 17:5 says, “Thus says the Lord, cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” When we are trusting in anything other than Christ we are under a curse. The flesh cannot please God in fact it is hostile to him. When we are putting faith in other things it is really a blessing in disguise when it or they fail us. Let me end with Psalm 20:7 “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God.”
Written by Louie