Have you been struggling with your faith lately? Do you feel like everything goes wrong, no matter how hard you try? Does it feel like life’s unfair because others seem to have everything going right, and you’re covered up with bills, work related issues, sickness, family problems, and a sea of heaviness? Well… you’re not alone! Many Christians feel this way. Take heart, God has not forgotten you. Let’s look at a few scriptures from the letter Paul wrote to the church at Rome.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
First, we need to find our peace. Don’t let the enemy fool you into thinking it’s unattainable! You already have it by your faith in Jesus… so use it! Take authority over your situation and claim what is rightfully yours! We may not have control over what comes our way, but we certainly have control over how we react!
Next, Paul is encouraging us to look at the future. One day we will behold the glory of God. This should give us hope every day to overcome, knowing that it will all be worth it when that day comes! Until then, we will experience difficulties that help us grow.
God’s Word tells us to rejoice in suffering, not because we enjoy pain, trouble or tragedy, but because we know God is using life’s struggles and the attacks of the enemy to strengthen our character, deepen our trust in God, and give us greater confidence about the future.
When we feel life is too hard, and think God doesn’t care anymore, we must remember what His Word says… “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We need to thank God for these opportunities to grow. Look at your circumstance as a way to serve Him. God loves us, and wants to have his complete work in our lives. We must not continually work against Him by becoming bitter at our surroundings, but rather view it as a character building opportunity.
I pray, “Lord, have your way in me. Help me today to conquer each obstacle with grace and humility. I pray for your will to be done in my life, and no matter the storms that may come, let my life reflect You in every trial, as I grow spiritually, and that I may help strengthen others. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Contact Rev. Cathcart @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg.