Ideally, the monarchic and majestic love of God should be our very force to reckon with when we are on our race to the finishing point of life on earth.
We take it for granted that if we stick to the spiritual norms of Christianity, and lead a life of piousness, our time on earth would be one of happiness, success and bloom. All sufferings and frustrations belong to “others’’ as we perceive.
When life is rosy and ripe, who
thinks about the proverbial ‘crown of thorns’?
As long as it is a smooth sailing,
and the paths are clearly demarcated, we confidently reaffirm, “I trust in God,
I trust in His sovereign love.”
Despite all these convictions that
we have about God’s love, when the rubber meets the road, do we ‘trust’ Him completely
and be on an even kneel? Or do we play the devil’s advocate?
Therefore, before we paint our faith
in broad, vibrant strokes, let us make a fair assessment of facts and draw up a
denouement that could nevertheless be shocking, even for firm believers. We are
all on the brink of a total faith crisis; the world and its people!
Having Faith During a Crisis
Wouldn’t it have been so easy if God could warn us of the trials that await us in future?
Unfortunately, God never prepares us
for the sufferings that we are to encounter. God wills us to walk in faith and
not by sight.Walking by sight would make us prepared for the struggle, but not
prepared for God’s kingdom.
It is only through these unexpected
crises in our lives, that we are pruned and perfected for adorning the throne
of God. Trials test our faith and integrity towards the Almighty. They cleanse
and refine our souls, and brace us up for greater glory in heaven.
Not all of us are resilient enough
to stick to the will of God,when catastrophe strikes. Many of us question God
at this point, fall into negative emotions, and eventually fall out of faith.
To trust God completely during such crises, and accept His will, believing that
He means well, is the prerogative of only a select few.
Proverbs 3:5-6-Trust in
the Lord with
all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways
acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Trials Prepare us to trust God completely
When God tells us that He has carved us in the palms of His hand, He is revealing to us that He knows every thought that goes on in our mind and every deed that we secretly commit.
We are His
sheep who are ever scuttling after greener pastures. The everlasting love of
our Father in Heaven somehow wills us to go back to His protective arms in
order that we may not lose our souls to the evil one.
How best can He
help us run back to Him?
God gives a
major jolt to our conscience by sending afflictions and trials through our
path. He is perfectly tuned towards our temperament and knows exactly what kind
of environment can temper our souls and purify it for His acceptance.
and trials, we are freed from our deficiencies and tainted dispositions. We
invariably see the straight, but laborious path, and shift our gaze back upon
the glory of God.
This is why it
is very important to hold our ground and not fall apart when trials strike.
God’s intentions are pure when we go through these testing times. He is
preparing us to be in line with His holy will.
2 Esdras 16:73-Then the tested quality of
my elect shall be manifest, like gold that is tested by fire.
How to stand the test of faith
To turn your thoughts completely to God when we are faced with the worst trials and tribulations, does not come easy even for a true believer. Remember that God does not promise us perfect lives. However, He goes that extra mile, and promises to move heaven and earth for us, if only we co-operate with his plans.
completely to God comes with staunch resistance and inflexibility in matters of
faith. Our belief system must be firm and unwavering to surrender to the will
of God. Our prayer life must be consistent and perfect, and our demeanour
should be one of complete surrender and holiness.
The road to
heaven is always replete with thorns and weeds.
So how do we
escape the thorns that throng us, and prevent the weeds from overpowering the harvest?
Let’s look at some
simple ways to stand the test of faith: –
Pray unceasingly for strength
and firmness in faith!
We must believe that our God
sees the bigger picture and knows what is good for us.
Do trust in his words – “and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the
Please surrender your
sufferings and trials completely to God.
Trust Him with unfaltering
devotion even when you are on the verge of death.
belief that God knows us well and will not test us beyond our capacity will
give us a lot of strength to tide through our struggles and perfect the art of
restraint. Once we master the art of surrendering completely to the will of
God, we no longer complain about anything in life. We stop applying our own
reasoning and do not question God. This is when we attain perfect union with
God’s plan in our life.
17:3- The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for
but the Lord tests the heart.
How God perfected the Faith
of Abraham and Moses
Genesis, we read about Abraham who was blessed with a son when he turned a
century old. We earthly beings would have laughed at the prospect of having an
offspring at his age, and would have even been prone to distrust God’s words
and intentions.Not only did Abraham have steadfast faith in the Almighty, but he
also comes across as the paradigm of faith by completely trusting in God’s will
amidst testing waters.
response to God’s calling,“Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”, sums
up his total surrender to the Lord Almighty.
complete trust in the Lord is demonstrated by his answer to Isaac when he asked,
and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself
will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”(Genesis22:7-8)
God asked Abraham to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham trustedHim
absolutely and offered Isaac in all his sincerity. Abraham was abundantly
blessed by God so that his offspring
were numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.
By his offspring, the nations of the earth gained blessings for themselves
because he has obeyed God’s voice.
Do we trust God completely?
When things turn ugly and turbulent, do we hold on to this certitude of ‘true faith’, and continue our praises and worship?
Many of us are living in a false sense of ‘ecstatic trust’ when life is kind to us. We fast, we pray, we willingly and generously help others, we acknowledge God at all times.
But are we accustomed to do
the same if we are faced with trials, and God does not respond to our prayers?
Can we boldly respond “Lord, Here I am”, when he calls?
My dear brothers and
sisters, if we are able to respond to God with zeal and vigour, even when we
are going through the hardest struggles in life, we can sum up that we are
living a majestic life!
But things are not so hunky-dory
as such. Many of us blame God for our sufferings. We rebuke Him for not
listening to our prayers. We even abandon Him by boycotting our Christian
beliefs and trust. We are a disappointed lot, totally disheartened and panicky
when tragedy strikes. The very belief system that we exalted, and should have come
to our rescue here is strangely rejected and thrown in the dump yard.
We misunderstand our Father
in Heaven and leave His protective arms. This isn’t true faith. It is only a
superficial faith based on comfort and convenience. Once the golden bubble is
broken, our trust crumbles and dissipates into air.
At this point, it would be
worthwhile to turn our eyes to Moses to see how he remained faithful and
steadfast without complaining, even when he went through 40 years of trials.
Moses was not very convinced about his skills in speech. However, his trust and
devotion in God were much greater than his low self-confidence, and this
prompted him to go with the divine flow. Moses’ trust was simple, pure and true.He
prostrated before the Almighty, prayed fervently, offered sacrifices, pleaded
for his people, and leads them to glory with all earnestness.
He believed in His God, even
when he could not see or understand what lay ahead of him.
Did he not know what he was
getting into? He knew!
But his trust and obedience
in God were much greater than his sense of doubt and fear. Ultimately,even when
he was denied the chance to enter the chosen kingdom, despite all his struggles
and sacrifices, he remained true to his faith.
Can we endure multitudes of trials
and sufferings and still come out as ever faithful to God like Moses or Abraham?
If we can stick to God
despite enduring tremendous, heart wrenching trials, God’s work in our lives is
As Lord Jesus tells
us: “You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
us trust God completely so that we become more like our Heavenly Mother who
proclaimed without a doubt in her heart, “Here
am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”