Updated: Nov 20, 2018
So often we are focused on where we are headed that we neglect to stop and look at how far we have come. If you have travelled that hard-pressed road, you may have realised by now that this journey with God is all about trusting Him in those moments when things don't seem to make sense. We often read about the patriarchs of the faith and never really pause to reflect on how hard it would have been for them to trust God in the painful moments. Like when King David sinned and for a time, lost his sovereignty over the kingdom and instead, was being hunted like a wild animal. Perhaps we can reflect about the time of Noah when he was drunk and his son sinned against him, or Abraham and Sarah's plan to have a son (Ishmael) which resulted in terrible consequences. What about Job losing his family, Esther's predicament with a plot to kill her people, Daniel and the lion's den, Moses not entering the Promised Land, Jeremiah's persecution ... and the list goes on and on. In fact, even the New Testament continues to prove that a life in Jesus will come with much suffering including trials and persecution. Today, it is no different and we can be encouraged that just as God was faithful to all of those people, He will likewise be faithful to us in our time of suffering. Deliverance does come and when it comes, it is good. It is like a cool breeze on a hot summer's day or a pool of water in the wilderness.
I have come to realise that it's okay to have questions during our time of trial. It's okay to throw up your hands and cry out to God and ask Him for wisdom and grace during our time of need. His strength is made perfect in weakness and this strength will serve us well in the breakthrough season that lies ahead (2 Corinthians 12:9).
I am so thankful to be on this journey with Jesus.