Thursday, 17 December 2020
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” – James 1:2-3
I recall from a very young age a scripture that my father often used whenever he would communicate with someone who was going through hardship or even when as a family we would go through a predicament. I would hear him quote this scripture and in my mind, I would just reject it because, at that point and time, it did not fit the “criteria/idea” I had in mind of Christianity. So when someone would approach my father complaining and murmuring as to why GOD is allowing certain things to happen to them, he would quote Job to them; But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong [Job 2:10] and honestly, that was something no one was ever pleased to hear. This is because most of us treat GOD as Father Christmas, we want nothing but smooth sailing and roses every day. As Christians, we love comfort so much so that when we go through trials and tribulations, GOD instantly becomes our enemy.
There’s nowhere in the Bible where we are promised smooth sailing, a life without hardship and I don’t understand what gives us the impression that we deserve a smooth journey. Even Apostle Paul says; “It has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake” [Phillipians 1:29]. This means that by virtue of being Christians, we will suffer, no exemptions. But the very same person then says; “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” [2 Corinthians 4:8-9]. For the sake of Christ, we may find ourselves afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. But the Lord is faithful, even in these hardships we are never alone. Our GOD, who is mighty in power fights for us. Even if we’re knocked down, the truth is that he is upholding us with his hand. All we need is to have is faith in Him, to believe that He loves us, He will never leave nor forsake us, and will never let our foot slip. He says He will not let us to be tempted beyond our ability, but with the temptation, He will also provide the way of escape, that we may be able to endure it. It is only through faith that we will remain steadfast and immovable in the midst of persecutions.
The Lord is faithful, even in these hardships we are never alone. Our GOD, who is mighty in power fights for us