For a lengthy portion of my life, I struggled with asking questions no one seemed to have the answer to. I was going through a difficult time in my life, and I couldn’t comprehend the “why” behind those tribulations.
Why does God allow for so much darkness in our lives? How come some people were abuntantly blessed and others struggled to get through most days? Questions like these, and countless others, held me captive for a long long time.
I felt like when I reached to those around me to help, their answers could never satisfy the struggle I was fighting. Now after working through many of these tribulations, I’ve realized that the answers to those questions may or may not ever be answered. Instead of searching for these answers we are commanded to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
Without wavering, we are to have faith in the God who makes the oceans hit the shore and the sun rise the morning. This faith is the answer to those questions. As Christians, we must come to accept that we will not have all of the answers, but God does. With that knowledge we are to trust that at the end of our hardships and after battling through tribulations, God will have something better waiting.
God calls us to have a faith so strong that when we’re on our knees and we can’t get back up, we are to stay right where we are and pray that in the end God’s glory will prevail. You see if you can’t have faith during the ups AND downs, then is it really faith at all?
The definition of faith is “the complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” We can’t have faith if we only have it during the good times. Putting your faith in God means that you are giving Him complete trust that He loves you and will do what is best for you.
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Having this type of faith is much easier said than done. It’s easy to sit in church and believe God is in control. It’s much harder to be in the depths of despair and still sing out to God in praise. We often will begin asking ourselves, where is He? Why would He let this happen? At one point, I was asking myself those same questions.
There is an old hymnal named “What God Hath Promised.” In this song, the first line states “God hath not promised skies always blue.” This line, along with the rest of the song, is a reminder that while God loves us He didn’t promise that we wouldn’t go through hardships. There will be days of storm clouds, and in those days, just as the days with blue skies, we are to praise God and keep the faith.
On Sunday, I read a portion of Hebrews that has really been on my heart. Hebrews 10: 32-39 states
These verses paint a perfect picture of the promise God does give. If we endure through hardships and keep the faith, the reward of being with God in heaven is greater than any struggle. When you’re trying to imagine the purpose behind suffering, you have to turn towards faith, not fear, and trust that God is in control. He has a larger, bettter plan ahead, all we’re instructed to do is have faith that those fulfilled promises are just around the corner.