Scripture Reading: Matthew 19:13-14
It's inevitable that we “grow up”. Blink twice and reality comes crashing down. Gone are days at the park, learning how to ride a bike, and getting hurt meant scraping your knees. Little by little, we get caught up with life and forget what it is like to be childlike. We forget what it is like to lean on our Father and allow Him to be enough for us. You find yourself huddled in a corner, caught full blast by the onslaught of life as an "adult". Life seems to go downhill when friends fall away. They move or they change. Temptations call at you left and right. Decisions on colleges/jobs/houses need to be made. There are bills that we need to pay. Life pushes us to learn how to adult with a huge learning curve.
But here's the collision and tension that we wrestle with daily. We have the opportunity to take hold of victory. The good news is that God has already given us HOPE. He gives us JOY that is produced by the Holy Spirit that resides in His Children. We can seek the Lord, knowing that in whatever situation we are in, He is right there beside you. He's been there. He’s not leaving. He knows what you are going through. Breathe in His words of hope.
1st Corinthians 13:11-13 tells us that even though we may not understand why we are in this season of life, the answer will become as clear as day very soon. “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we see everything with perfect clarity. All I know now is partial and incomplete, but THEN I will know EVERYTHING completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever- FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE- and the greatest of these is LOVE.”
God isn’t going to let you see the distant scene. So you might as well quit looking for it. He promises a lamp unto your feet, not a crystal ball into the future. We do not need to know what will happen tomorrow. We only need to know HE leads. Yes, He leads us. Even in the deep and dark valley, He leads us. When trials come at you, don’t turn to cynicism and self-reliance. Trust that the Almighty Father has you in His hands. Don’t try to pull up your bootstraps and go through life on your own willpower. If we belong to the One who is the most powerful, the One who grants us strength then why would we want to walk away from that and trust in our own pride and strength? When we all know that our Heavenly Father’s got our back then who can be against us?
Today has come and gone. Tomorrow is a new day, a new beginning, a new opportunity. Let’s trust our Father and walk in FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE, one step at a time.
1. Do you find it hard not to be cynical at this stage in your life?
2. What do you think it would be like to trust and lean on God? Is it a one-step process or is it gradual?
3. What are some ways we can encourage one another even when we are going through a difficult day/week/stage in our life?
Dave is a co-founder of the Lift Project. He is currently in the process of finishing his Master of Divinity degree at Cairn University. He loves powerlifting, watching UFC and speaking about practical theology.