Romans 8:32 (ESV): He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Have you heard that old saying that some in distress cry out? The one that goes something along the lines of, “God forgot me and won’t give me anything - He left me out to dry and figure this all out on my own….” Never has there been such a bigger misunderstanding of God and the Word!
Today, I’d like to write something more on a personal line with my ministry to others. I don’t want you to think of “The Jesus Movement” as just some character in your life that you think of time to time when you get on Facebook - I want to get more personal with you, so that you understand that I, the writer, am human too and just a man, and understand things on that level.
I have challenges too and I am not perfect, no matter how much I write and quote the Word. I strive in all of my works to give you real and actual answers to questions and concerns and how to apply the Word to your life in a literal sense - not just quote what we should do and let you figure it out, and not just make you feel good about the Word, but actually learn it.
I feel that some don’t go this deep enough - perhaps they are scared to offend their large following, or maybe just prefer to ride the baselines. My promise to you is to always ride the line that the Lord leads me to, and for me and the last few years, that has been to not be scared to write or talk about anything, and to give people real, actual answers and methods to apply the Word to their life. What good is it if I would just quote the Word and talk in roundabout sentences but don’t actually tell you how to do it?
I will discuss a topic that many struggle with, and I did myself in the past before I knew the Lord - this is about having faith when all hope seems lost.
Having Faith through the Tough Times
So, life has hit you hard, in some way, shape, or fashion. It may be current struggles, or it may be your past struggles that still linger in the depths of your mind from time to time, even though they are hardly materialized anymore, or maybe they are and that’s part of your struggle and why you feel the way you do.
Maybe you lost a loved one, or you lost your job unexpectedly. Maybe you are having relationship or marital problems. Maybe you feel like no matter how much you work, your bills still seem to be more than what you make. Maybe you can’t get your children or spouse to see Jesus the way you do and go to church with you. Maybe you are sick, and in and out the hospital, or out of shape, and no matter how much you pray to God, you don’t get the answers you seek and just can’t seem to get on track.
You may wonder to yourself, “How do I find faith that my situation will change?”, or “How much do I have to pray and have faith in God, who is all powerful to do all things, while my situation just doesn’t get better and He doesn’t fix it for me yet?”
Let’s get one thing straight - God did not leave you and He certainly did not forsake you just because you are going through this tough time. It is impossible for us to see the world the way God does, knowing the beginning and the end all at once, but one thing is for sure - God will not forsake you. If you are living your life according to the commands of the Word and what Jesus asks of us, you will see this struggle through and find peace.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV): It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
For starters, ask yourself some basic questions about the current state of your faith: Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you ever read your Bible from front to back, and began to study it as a student of the Word? Have you researched your specific problem(s) in the Bible for answers? Are you living as best as you truly can according to the commands of Jesus?
There is a great recount in the Word about a man who may have faced what you are going through today.
His name is Job, and he went through some horrible things, much worse than any of us could imagine, and might even make some of you reading this reassess your situation (take heed, I do not know this for sure - someone reading this could possibly be very bad off and worse than what I am about to share about Job, but nonetheless you can find answers here still):
1- He once lost ALL of his wealthy possessions:
Job 1:16 (KJV): While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
2- All 10 of his children were killed at once(!):
Job 1:18-19 (KJV): While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
3- He became extremely sick with an illness directly from the devil himself, Satan:
Job 2:7 (KJV): So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
In one short, fell swoop of fate, Job lost everything that was important to him - his money, his kids, and his health. If you have not already, after you finish this article, but preferably before, I highly recommend you read the Book of Job. This will provide a complete and clear understanding of what I am about to share with you.