A Lifelong Lesson
Have you every just watched a child interact with a parent? The bond of love and trust is tangible. The child knows the parent is there to protect, nurture, and provide everything needed. There is no doubt the parent will come running at the slightest cry. The child has a secure foundation in his/her relationship, totally reliant upon the parent for every need. Jesus has called us to become “The Children Of God”, implying we must become totally dependent upon God, trusting Him in ever aspect of our lives.
I can remember when I was young I would say, ”I can’t wait until I’m grown up!” Well, now I’m an adult with all the responsibilities, challenges, and difficulties. Don’t get me wrong, I have had many wonderful moments in my life, but there are always the everyday trials, which can run on for weeks, months and sometimes years. Will I ever get healed? How am I going to pay this bill? Will my prodigal children be delivered and restored? Will God ever save my extended family members? Will my co-workers ever come to salvation? Every battle in my life, each with it’s own distinct challenges and circumstances, all seem to actually have one underlying theme in common: God is telling me to trust Him. It doesn’t matter what rises up against me, or how despairing it may seem, God is consistently saying, “Trust ME.”
In Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I love this scripture! Faith comes when God gives you a word either in prayer, or Bible reading, or over the pulpit that you can stand on and believe. Luke 4:4 says, “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” It has always been a tremendous comfort to me to hear the voice or see the hand of God in every situation I have to face. No matter how difficult it might become, I have a word that I can cling to and repeat like a mantra. But what about when there is no word given? What about the moments of total silence? It’s something entirely different when all you hear is silence from God or the voice of the enemy shouting in your ear. When you look out over the situation, or trial, or lost loved one it can become so overwhelming that it obscures your vision and paralyzes you. During these times…these confusing, vulnerable, and frustrating times, how do we react?
As an adult, we often say, “This is what I need to do to fix it.” or sometimes we stick our heads in the sand trying to ignore it hoping it will go away. We avoid our altar and time with God because the pain is too overwhelming. Perhaps we decide to walk away from God and the church with our head hung low in discouragement, whispering, “It’s impossible.” Maybe we become angry, resentful, and bitter because God didn’t do it when or how we wanted. In Matthew 18:3-4, it states, “…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Just as a little child would run to their trusted parent, guardian, or caregiver for protection, healing, and provision; God wants us to run to Him. Don’t run from the altar. God is waiting there to bind your wounds and wipe away your tears. It is in the moments we can’t see our way or hear His voice that we must understand the character of God. We can totally and completely trust Him because He is faithful and just, because He gave His life for us, because He has loved us with an undying love, because He covered us with His blood, and because He saved us.
Just like a child in crisis clinging to a parent, we must cling to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in the times of testing and trials. The Bible states in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Over the years, Jesus has never left me or forsaken me. He has been my constant help in the time of trouble. He is my confidant and friend. He has carried me though some of the most heart wrenching, difficult times in my life. He has given me understanding when I was confused, helped me focus when my vision was blurred, forgiven me, healed me, and loved me unconditionally when I needed it the most. He is my Father, so it doesn’t matter what I may face in my life, I know that I am His child and I Trust HIM.
Sis. Becky Rosier