Life Happens

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 (ESV)
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 (NKJV)

A few months ago, I was sitting with my life group at youth on a Wednesday night and we were going through some discussion questions related to the topic of the evening. One of the questions was, “How should our lives as Christians look different than those of people who don’t know God?”  

That question is pretty broad and has many correct answers. Pastors preach sermon after sermon trying to cover and answer just that single question, but one answer that was discussed that night has stuck with me like no other. Life happens to everyone, good things as well as bad things happen, but as Christians, we have a reason to not get discouraged. We have a perfect Father in heaven to put our trust in, who will never fail us. Our response to the “bad stuff” should look different than the world’s. 
We’re not perfect humans, so we’re not always going to respond to a bad situation with a great attitude and a joyful heart. But inside, our spirit knows Jesus is still present. He works all things for our good, so even when it gets rough, we have someone to put our hope and trust in.
When life happens to someone who doesn’t know Jesus, where do they turn? They have no eternal anchor, no encouragement or reassurance. God has given us a promise, we have a place to put our trust. His glory shall be revealed to us, regardless of what is currently going on. Philippians 4 says to Rejoice in the Lord always, give Him the praise in every situation, not just when it’s convenient.  

As Christians, when it gets cloudy down here, and the storms are crashing down, we should turn our attention to God above, who is still holding us in His arms. He doesn’t forget us, or leave us to face anything alone. We have faith in Him, even when the situations around us seem discouraging. That is how we walk by faith, not by sight. Even if our eyes only see the storm around us, if we choose to listen to Jesus and to accept the comfort He offers, our faith will only increase.

Dear Lord, 
This week I pray for strength to hold my ground and stand firm in my faith even through the hardships around me. I pray that I can be an encouragement to others, and that my responses can be a light to others that spark curiosity. Thank You for blessing me with Your unfailing love, thank You for never letting go of me. Amen. 

This week I encourage you to think of your own answers to that discussion question. What areas of your life should look different than the world? How can you make an effort to respond to situations with faith and trust in God? 

Written by: Daisy Budgick

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