It is so easy to paint the picture we want the world to see, rather than present ourselves and our experiences sincerely. I love the word 'sincere.' It comes from the old English word meaning 'without wax.' Dishonest potters sometimes used wax to disguise cracks in the crockery they peddled. I fear, with the help of social media, we have learned the craft of covering our own cracks.
Do you understand that God may take away your comforts and privileges
in order to make you a stronger Christian?"
(Streams in the Desert/Spurgeon)
Have you ever experienced something like this? Have you found yourself caught up in stormy circumstances beyond your control? You feel isolated, abandoned. You cannot see your way ahead, so you lose hope? I must admit that I have been quite close to abandoning hope several times during the past two years. It is difficult to trust God's sovereignty in the midst of turmoil, pain and confusion!
THEY LET DOWN FOUR ANCHORS
AND PRAYED FOR DAY TO COME!
1) LET DOWN THE ANCHOR!
In times of deep darkness it is far too easy to forget that
We have a sure and steadfast anchor for the soul!
Jesus has promised NEVER to leave or forsake us! Isaiah 49 tells us that He has 'engraved' us on the palm of His hands. We don't need to hold on for dear life...He holds ALL things together. He will never let go! We need to rest in His promises and BELIEVE!
As people of faith we are children of Abraham. He BELIEVED GOD and his faith was counted to him as righteousness. Abraham fixed his eyes, not on his circumstances, but on the AUTHOR AND PERFECTOR of his faith!
"In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations...he did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (he was almost 100!)...or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb."
Abraham believed God for the impossible because God is God of the impossible!
2) Pray for day to come!
I have been so guilty of resignation and discouragement! In my life discouragement often results in prayerlessness. I sometimes wonder if I have extended my time in the wilderness by my lack of prayer. However long the night, dawn is coming! Pray for day to come!
For those who know 'the rest of the story,' Paul's ship wrecked anyway...BUT NO LIVES WERE LOST! We were never promised a life free from trial and suffering, but we are guaranteed safe passage Home. Christ's path to glory involved agonizing crucifixion...He was 'made perfect' through suffering. I suspect God's method for perfecting us is the same, but by faith we can join Job in his claim to victory:
when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold."
"I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that He shall stand at the latter day
upon the earth."