I woke up this morning to the news of yet another pastor committing suicide, a friends boss committing suicide, a child missing, a little girl struggling to come back to her family after a traumatic brain injury. Everyday we are bombarded with reality of life, the struggle to find peace in the midst of chaos, the burden to have faith when the world is dark and painful.
I know in my own life I desire things to be perfect, I want peace and joy to mark each and everyday. Unfortunately, real life doesn’t have a filter to take away all the imperfections. Real life is hard and messy. When I woke up this morning I went straight to the verse of the day and it seemed to contradict the news I was reading.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and they are safe.” Pr. 18:10
I started to ask God some hard questions. Is there anything that we are not safe from? What about when sickness overtakes us or death comes knocking? How can I run to a God that I can not see?
You may be thinking that these are not the questions I should be asking, I am a pastor for goodness sake. I have to tell you though I want quick answers as much as the next gal. Pastor’s are just people too after all. I want to pray a prayer for healing and see people get healed, immediately. I want to pray a prayer for peace and feel at peace, I want to pray and ask God to meet the needs of the people in our church, to restore marriages and encourage the broken hearted and see God come and do it at once. I have learned however, that most of the time there are no quick fixes in our walk with Jesus.
What there are, are lots of opportunities to grow, time to keep the faith in the midst of circumstances that don’t line up. There are lots of situations where I can’t see the good in it until I am through it on the other side. You see faith is not quick, it is daily. It is consistent and it is strengthened in the face of storms.
When we can put our hope in Christ, who is our strong tower, we can be confident that no matter what happens, He will help us walk through it. If He is what I look too, when chaos surrounds me, I will trust in him. When fear is taking over, my heart will not be afraid, because I know in whom I put my trust.
I have realized more and more that worry is a weapon of the enemy to distract us from faith in God. We get bad news, have a fight with a friend, things look like they are falling apart in front of us what is our go to emotion? Worry!
Worry steals from us, it takes us to a place of fear and doubt, contrary to what it takes to build faith in us. How do we build faith? We hide God’s word in our heart! That is so christiany isn’t it? What does that even mean? Here is the truth, I can only combat the lies of the enemy with the truth of the word of God. Here is some truth for you today, no matter what situation you are facing.
“ the Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who had me.”
As for my quick fix? It doesn’t exist, it isn’t realistic, it is a cultural phenomenon. We have everything at our fingertips, as soon as we want it. God is old school and doesn't bend based on the current culture. He wants us to surrender, meditate on his word, trust that He will work things out for our good. He wants us to know him, to build a relationship with him. That takes time, but when we know him, we can be confident that He will do what He said he would do. We can be confident in Him.
So no matter what you are facing today, grief, anxiety, loss, pain of any kind, your answer is Jesus. He may not open up the heavens and drop an answer down on you, but he will be faithful to lead you and guide you on a path that leads to life. Don’t quit my friends, the God of heaven and earth see you and He is fighting for you, even when you can not make sense of this life. What can you do today to know him more? How can you find him in the midst of your situation? He is there, waiting for you to come