Acts 21:37-22:29; Judges 17-18; Psalm 43
Everyone has those days, weeks, or maybe even years; even Christians. You know what I mean. You look at your spouse and ask. “What else can go wrong?” and you immediately regret asking that question because you know that you’re going to find out. You cry out to God to change your attitude because you know it isn’t right – and it seems like your disposition gets even more sour as you deal with everything that life throws at you on that day. You’re living in tension because you know as a follower of Christ that you are supposed to worship God in the midst of every situation and that in the long run things will work out, but your mood keeps going downhill in the face of your circumstances. The Psalmist portrays those feelings. “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 43:5) Faith doesn’t mean that you’re happy all the time. Faith doesn’t mean that you never get upset about the problems of life. We are human beings after all. Faith means that sooner, rather than later, we recognize God’s presence in our lives in the difficult times and find a way to praise God during those times. Times and circumstances are temporary. We serve an eternal God who loves us each moment, but prepares us to live with Him forever. No matter how bleak the situation – no matter how long it lasts, God is still in control and we can trust Him. Faith begins trusting sooner rather than later.
Lord, I rant and I rave. I gripe and I complain. Yet I know that in the long run, You are molding me to be the man You want me to be. Help me to face the circumstances of life with faith. Let me show Your love and grace in the midst of every situation.