Romans 1:1-15; 1 Samuel 8; Psalm 54
Maybe it was just one event. Perhaps it was everything going wrong over a long period of time. You became hopeless. You railed at God. You screamed and cried and blamed God as everything went wrong. Then, as you thought of all of your friends who would cheerfully tell you to stop your whining and trust God, maybe you went quiet, but deep down you began negotiating with God on how you would stop following Him. In short, you dealt with a crisis of faith. You might feel like you’re all alone in this crisis…that no one else has ever doubted like you do. In truth, it’s fair to guess that most followers of Christ go through a crisis of faith at least once in their lifetime. We just don’t admit it. Sometimes, the only thing we have to fall back on is the truth of the resurrection. Paul, while not suffering this crisis at this point in time, reminds us of the power of the Resurrection: “…concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:3-4) The Resurrection. Everything in our faith goes back to the resurrection. The resurrection is the most powerful, world changing event in history. There is no one else in recorded history who has had a resurrection that was witnessed by so many. As Christians we celebrate the resurrection every Sunday. When those crises of faith appear – the truth of the Resurrection is the bedrock that keeps us in the faith and allows us to grow into our faith again.
Lord God, there are times when it seems like the world is falling apart. My faith is tested and I don’t always pass the test. Give me strength to endure those difficult times. Remind me that Your love for me is so great that You can trust me enough to endure when all the external trappings of faith are eliminated and I have to restart with just the basics of the Resurrection.