Faith Is Not always Easy!
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)
When Life Seems to Be Falling Apart
We all must use wisely the time we have on this earth and maintain a close personal relationship with God. In August 2012, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma and since that time life has been quite a test for me. I have learned that every day is an important day. I have learned as never before that our faith is tested through major changes, impossible problems, and by how we handle the resources God places in our hands. I have learned that God wants us to pass the tests of life, so He never allows the tests to be greater than the grace He gives to handle them.
We all go through times when our lives seem to be falling apart. We lose our job. A relationship falls apart. Someone dies. Our health takes a turn for the worse. In these times, we’re tempted to think God has abandoned us. But He hasn’t.
The prophet Jeremiah felt the same way when he wrote the book of Lamentations. His country, Judah, endured economic problems and was terrorized by a foreign enemy. He witnessed incredible inhumanities committed against his people. People were out of work and starving to death.
Where did Jeremiah start? He told God how he felt. In Lamentations 3, Jeremiah says: “He [God] has made my skin and flesh grow old. He has broken my bones. He has besieged and surrounded me with anguish and distress. He has buried me in a dark place, like those long dead. And though I cry and shout he has shut out my prayers” (NLT).
Have you ever felt like Jeremiah? Jeremiah felt God had forgotten him. He told God what was on his heart. In fact, Jeremiah spent five chapters telling God what he thought about the situation. He told God, “This stinks!”
Why would God put that kind of passage in the Bible?” He wants us to know that He can handle our anger, our gripes, and our grief. Jeremiah spends an entire book of the Bible blowing off steam. If God was big enough to handle Jeremiah’s pain, He’s big enough to handle yours, too.
Has your kid ever thrown a temper tantrum? Their temper tantrums don’t make you love them any less. They don’t make you feel like less of a father or mother. You see, kids are just immature. That’s why God gave them parents! They don’t know what you know, so they need your guidance.
God doesn’t love you any less when you throw a temper tantrum. He is never afraid of what you have to say. I’m glad God lets us unload on Him, and shows us His love and His care during our difficult times.