Take your fist and hit your thigh a few times. That’s what it sounds like when life hits God’s truth.
At my darkest moments, the swell of emotions pounding my soul kept hitting something that wouldn’t move. That solid object was the root system I had cultivated in my faith, the truth I had soaked into my core over years of personal Bible study and prayer. It was everything I’ve ever learned about whom God is and what he does and how he works—and even the fact that storms do indeed come.
One of Jesus’ closest companions, the Apostle Peter, wrote: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12)
Examples of these kinds of trials are all through the Bible. Sometimes they go away and sometimes they don’t. You can listen to whatever TV preachers you want, and they may try to sell you on sowing a seed for your special blessing, but you cannot get away from the fact that every disciple went down in smoke. Not one walked out of it unscathed, and their faith was better than mine.
They knew more about Jesus. They gave their entire lives to Jesus and were beaten, stoned, and imprisoned. Life still happened to them even after they surrendered all for the Lord.
Jesus told John the Baptist: “Blessed is the one who doesn’t fall away on account of me.” He was telling John, “You’re going to have to walk through this one.”
It won’t always feel good, and there will be moments where we won’t like or want what happens to us. But when you’ve read God’s truth, studied God’s truth, memorized God’s truth, prayed God’s truth, and seen God’s truth come alive in people’s lives, you know for certain that God’s truth is the only truth.
Among the greatest of truths is the constancy of God: He always is and doesn’t change. While God is constant, I am not. I’m all over the map. I live up and down all the time. But as sure as days shift and my seasons change, Jesus is even surer to remain the same. Because he’s the God of all my days, each step I take he makes a way.
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