GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME! ALL THE TIME- GOD IS GOOD. I encourage you to say this to yourself at least three times a day. But most of all, say it like you believe it. This is not some sort of mantra that is used in meditation. This is an affirmation – affirming a Biblical truth.
I got a better understanding of this Biblical truth during a conversation with another brother in Christ who was experiencing some marital difficulties. He told me that he wanted to give up. That’s when it came to me. What do people do when they come to a wall? Most of us would try to climb over it; when that fails we attempt to break through it; if that fails we might try to dig underneath it or try to walk around it. These were the answers I was given when I asked several Christian friends what they would do if faced with a trial or challenge that was like a brick wall.
OVERCOMING AN OBSTACLE
The funny thing was when asked what would you do if you faced a trial in your life that was like a brick wall, not a single one of my friends said, ” I WOULD ASK GOD FOR HELP.” Are you getting it? We love to go it alone, although most of us hate to admit it to ourselves. We would rather go it alone and say look what I did all by myself instead of asking for God’s help or ,for that matter, the help of another Christian. Instead we’d rather give up and go back to what we were doing before we hit the wall. But when we do this, we just add another brick to the wall making it even more difficult to over come. And believe me, there will be another time you’ll face that same wall.
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
This wall that I’m talking about represents the trials that enter into our lives. Our unsuccessful attempts to get over these walls or challenges represent our refusal to seek God and His wisdom or the counsel of godly people. Giving up and turning back represents our bad habits and our reliance upon man-made traditions instead of the power of Jesus to help us when we’re faced with these various trials.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 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. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
God says “we have not” because we refuse to come to Him. There will always be trials in our lives and each trial has a purpose that only God knows. When we remove God from the equation we are left with ourselves and our emotions to try and navigate through life’s struggles. How you and I handle these trials that we face will make all the difference. James makes it clear and simple, instead of making God our last resort we should make Him the first. Amen!