So now we are entrenched in the Easter season and though it may mean a return to normalcy both in church and at home it means we must still have faith. Actually more than ever, we don’t have the lenten sacrifice to remind us and the pressure of the world can make us succumb to despair.
The thing to remember is from the First Book of Corinthians (15: 1, 3-4), “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
That is the Easter Season summed up nicely. Its the ultimate sacrifice done for us because He loved us.
Look I have taken my share of criticism over the years and I’ve been in a dark place before and have worked my way out of it more than once. I’m not just a blogging, blabbering, bible beater, I’ve lived some life and some life has lived me.
Just this morning alone I was not in a great place spiritually but I just preservered and knew I’d get through it. Believing in God is no big deal for me, its believing in me that I struggle.
We just need to think about the beginning of the fifth chapter of Romans: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
But hey I know its hard to walk where you cannot see, my favorite biblical verse is from Second Corinthians (5:7), “We walk by faith and not by sight”. That is church, we believe though we do not see.
Now in the modern world of apps, technology, unrealistic expectations, rudeness and unrelenting pressure we must remember that. Its not about what is in front of us or the problems we deal with now, God’s got that. We are to keep marching and no we don’t know what awaits us but we trust in God to take care of us.
Its when the virtue of patience must come over us. We see in the first chapter of James starting in the second verse “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
I’ve seen it personally when we do our “due diligence” and asks for the Lord’s help we get it, maybe not in the form we seek but God will not leave us hanging. We may have to “put in work” but his mercy endures.
Pope Francis just declared over the weekend that this is the year of mercy, his best quote was “In a word, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.”
Mercy is what gets us through those tough times, the kindness of others, the forgiving from those we may have wronged and the appreciation we get as well.
We all struggle, we all have less the great days but we have God’s love and mercy and its more than we can ever need or ask for.
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