Fri., Jan. 14/22
I’ve been going to the Lord for a lot of things in these recent days. Well O.K., maybe sometimes I’ve just been forwarding mail to Him. But the other times… the times when I really GO TO HIM… the times when I’m desperate or perhaps just intently persistent, persistent enough to know I’ve entered into this other place… this holy place… a place in which apart from Him I have no right to be, these are the times when I really RECEIVE from Him. I take what I need, and I THANK Him. But then, in a day or two, like that little tear off piece of paper you see posted on bulletin boards, the thing I got from Him seems somehow to go missing.
I rather suspect maybe you too have experienced this. Theologically you know Christ is the Answer, the Source, the Rock to which you turn. Yet still there are those dark times… those silent times… those times when faith seems small.
Well, welcome to the walk of faith! It is just such times as these which spawn those great passages from which we draw hope…
“…through the valley of the shadow of death..” (Ps. 23:4); “…under great pressure… beyond our ability to endure… despaired of life itself.” (2 Cor. 1:8b); “…tortured… faced jeers and flogging… chains and imprisonment... (Heb. 11:36); “I do believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).
No one said this walk of faith was easy — least of all Christ Jesus. No, in fact, He said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Matt. 16:33). So go to Him in your times of need. Take from Him what you need, and if you lose it, go to Him again. Sometimes He’ll ask you to sit down and stay awhile and, if you are wise, you will.
Faith may not always be easy, but it is always simple.