Life should not be this way. We give our lives to Christ, he blesses in so many ways through the years, but then something happens that just seems to knock us off our feet.
We lose our barring, almost lose our way. That’s when the reality hits that this faith we have is definitely in a jar of clay — easily cracked, offset, scarred. Is it even worthy of the One we claim to serve?
Don’t go down that road. Remember that Jesus died for us, while we were yet sinners. We did nothing to earn salvation, we do nothing to keep it.
This week a friend, who had been sharing Christ with another, had to stand aside as she chose abortion over life for her unborn child. She’d pleaded, prayed, and called on the church to pray, yet to no effect. The deed was done. She lost the battle.
As I checked on her later in the week, she shared how, though her friend was in a lot of post-abortion pain, she was actually relieved it was over. It had made her already difficult life easier.
So, here my friend was sad and mad and burdened, as she shared with me her feelings. Her jar had been scarred by hurt and rejection.
Then she said something that made me smile: “I remember more clearly the frustrations of loving and desiring deep relationships with God for these people and how so often it’ll seem your prayers aren’t heard or that the enemy’s hold is stronger than my Savior’s love.”
You see, she’d been down this road before. Her encounter with this woman was not her first rodeo with lostness. That’s why she had a remedy for facing her frailty:
Running to the Word.
In that place of solace and grace, she found His promises and so many stories of His faithfulness that said to her heart, “you thought this would be good, but I know this will lead to Great, like ultimately Gloriously Great things.”
In running to the Word, she runs into Him. The Author and Finisher of our faith, the Minister to our wounds, the Comforter of our souls, the Source of solace and hope. She runs to the One who says:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.*
Has life knocked the wind out of your faith? Are you struggling when evil seems to gain the upper hand in the life of those you love?
Acknowledge your frailty and focus on Jesus. He can bring light out of the dark night of the soul.
Grace and Peace
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)