Over the years I have spent many hours with Christians who, for reasons unknown, have believed that walking with God should make them immune from struggling or suffering.
How should we then respond when things in our lives, whether family, health, occupation or relationships ‘go belly up’? In my experience, I have found that Christians tend to respond in one of two ways when faced with adversity. Firstly, there are those who turn away from God. Invariably their hearts become hardened, they become angry. Consequently they start to feel abandoned, as a consequence of the isolation that they have imposed upon themselves. Secondly, there are those who turn to God. Although going through similar issues to the first group, these believers cling to the promises of God. They therefore receive from him, strength, hope and healing.
Seven hundred years before Christ, Jeremiah (or at least one of his contemporaries), poured out their heart to God as they witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem. They wrote that ‘the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness’ (Lam 3:22-23). I encourage you then, whatever you are going through, whether good, bad or indifferent, to set your hearts on these amazing truths in order that your heart will remain fixed on the one who continues to supply your every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).
Still rejoicing! Gareth