Author M. Scott Peck opened his book, The Road Less Traveled with the words, “Life is hard.” Anyone who has lived in this world for some time knows how true those words are. We suffer many forms of pain: loss, heartache, accidents and violence. We work hard to have a home, feed our families, enjoy a bit of fun. That is part of living life. Some have a much more difficult road that others, but we all struggle. During these times we pray to God, “Please take this pain or trial away.” But – what if He chooses not to take it from us. How do we hold on when our suffering seems great and overwhelming, when we are asked to believe God does have a good purpose although we may not see it now, perhaps we will never see it until we see Him face to face. Are we still willing to trust Him? What if our spirit is willing but our flesh and heart seem weak, what do we do?
We encourage our spirit by reminding ourselves of the Father’s love and goodness. We take refuge in Him. We remind ourselves that we don’t need to try to hold onto God for we can trust that He will hold onto us, for “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Rom 3:35-39) We need not fret nor worry, nor try to build up credit for good deeds. When we accept Christ as our God and Savior, the Father accepts us just as we are, forever we are His.
So do not worry: God cares for the sparrows, He will care for us “and we KNOW that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to HIS PURPOSE.” (Rom 8:28, emphasis mine). Trust God. Rest in the fact that whether you live or die, whether evil assails you or life breaks your heart, God is in control and He will not let you be lost. He holds onto you even when you have no strength to hold onto him.
Are you afraid you lack faith? Do not be afraid for Jesus is “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:2).
Christ suffered, He knows our pain and weariness and He holds us. Listen to His voice. Find encouragement in Him. Rest in the assurance God is with you and no one can snatch you from His hand.(John 10:27-30).