My “Life Verse” (a verse that I memorized when I first became a Christian that has helped me in my daily walk) is Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. And in all of your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”
Many times, in our Christian walk, there are descents as well as ascents. Some days, we find ourselves on the mountaintops where the sun is shining and the sky is beautifully blue. And on other days in our life, we find ourselves in the valleys where the sun isn’t shining and everything around us is doom and gloom.
I happen to believe that everything that comes our way is for a purpose. We experience something in our lives so we can help someone else who is going through the same thing. These things also make us stronger in our faith, because we see that God always provided a solution to what we faced and we learn that He is always there for us.
Sometimes, we want to take a “short-cut” — to find a way around something or to avoid it altogether. But it is in those times, we do not fully show our trust in the Lord. In those times, we try to work things out for ourselves and usually wind up making a mess of things.
So we need to practice “faith rest.” That means, we come to a place in our Christian walk, where, no matter what comes against us, we trust the Lord to bring us through. We learn to trust Him in the “good times” and we also learn to trust Him in the “bad times.” Our faith in Him does not falter when we face difficulties; rather it makes our faith stronger because we realize that we need Him more in our lives during those times.
I have faced many situations in dealing with others, where I wish I had a “magic wand” that I could wave and fix everything for them. But I also realize that I cannot fix anything. Only God can and He does so in His time. I’m an impatient person. I want things done yesterday. But once we learn that God is in control of all things, and we learn that He has never failed us, then we practice “faith rest” and know, as Romans 8:28 says that “all things are working together for good to those who love the Lord.” The verse doesn’t say that all things are good; it simply says that everything that happens to us will eventually work for good in our lives.
It’s difficult for us to wrap our heads around this, but God has already planned every step I take. I have a choice which steps to take, but when I hold onto His hand, and follow His voice, and walk in His paths, even though they become rocky and steep, God has every step planned for me.
Think about this: He has every step planned for every person in the world and it was planned before the world began. Try to understand and get a grip on that thought. (But don’t spend too much time on it because you will not be able to figure it out.)
So they next time you are on the mountaintop, realize that the valleys will come. And just as you trust Him in the high places; trust Him in the dark places too. He has it worked out and it’s for your best.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at [email protected], www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.