How to Steady your Faith in Suffering

Surviving the Wilderness Season

Ah the wilderness – the times of trial and tribulation, where nothing works out and life seems like it’s splintering into tiny pieces and your faith is hanging on by a thread, ready to break. And you feel like giving up, throwing in the towel and giving old Jesus the middle finger. Sound familiar? LOL. Don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there. 

Poor Jesus gets the wrap for everything, doesn’t he? What I’ve learned is that life is suffering. Life ain’t no party or walk in the park – Get that idea out of your head. I repeat, get that idea out of your head. Life is suffering. Period. You see, when you understand and accept the fact that life is suffering, you’ll be able to see and appreciate the good which is God’s grace. He never promised us all the material possessions our little hearts desire. He’ll give it to you out of grace but not because it’s meant to be that way. 

It seems as though we don’t like the verse where he says “pick up your cross and follow me.” LOL. Nah, the cross is too heavy. You’ll find that it is in the midst of the wilderness that you discover so much about God that you otherwise wouldn’t have. Sometimes he has to put you in a season of suffering so that you can learn about him and share your story with others. 

We prefer the verse where he says “I came that you might have life and have it abundantly” Now, I would understand if a non-believer interprets this to mean that God will give you all the material things you want and desire. But it pains me that the Christian makes the same mistake. God gives you spiritual abundance. God will gladly bestow the material things if its not for worldly and selfish gain. If you ask God to give you a Ferrari, you might wait a lifetime, but ask him for a bible so that you can learn and revel in his word, and you’ll have it in a heartbeat. 

See the wilderness isn’t such a bad gig. I know the old flesh is kicking and screaming to get out of the mess, but God does such a great job of sustaining you throughout the trials. He’s hand is always on you. And once he has you where he wants you spiritually, he’ll bring you out of the darkness and back into the light. As long as you are obedient and sincere in your walk with him. God won’t be mocked. 

Keep the faith, I’m rooting for you!

 

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