Another day in the desert.
Sand in every direction.
While it’s true that I could reach the other side any day now, it’s just as likely that I’ll die here.
The kind of desert I’m talking about comes in a variety of circumstances and situations. Financial struggles, health battles, relationships gone sour. Maybe a feeling of hopelessness or loneliness. Your desert may not be like mine, but eventually—and more than once—each of us will be forced to cross a wide, dry, desolate expanse that tests us in ways we never expected.
Today, I’m reflecting on a lesson I’ve learned in recent years that has had significant impact on my future. Had I learned it sooner, perhaps I would have been spared a decade or more of wandering.
Sometimes, the evidence of God’s power is not always easy to see in the lives of those who choose to follow Him.
Many people who are struggling or in pain ask questions such as,
“Why do we suffer so much in life?”
“What does God want me to do when I’m suffering?”
“Does God care about my pain?"
If we’re going to suffer despite committing our lives to God, shouldn’t He bless us in return?
“Yeah, man, I’ll be there,” Tim said. His stomach tightened. “Yeah, I promise. I said I’d be there and I will be.”
Tim had just promised to meet Derek at one of their old hangouts. Tim hadn’t been going out to the bars for a while now, but Derek had been begging him to get together. The two friends had always enjoyed a couple of laughs and a few drinks.
And sometimes, a lot of drinks.
In the previous blog series, we learned one of the ways we overcome insecurities and harmful mindsets is by faith.
We have heard that faith plays an important role in life. But, if faith can help us, how much of it do we need?
Does faith really move mountains?
What does that kind of faith even look like?