From personal experience I know it is easy to give up on God when things don’t go as planned. I’ve wondered where God was when I was diagnosed with MS, and I wondered where God was when I developed a growth on the pituitary gland, and I wondered where God was when I went through six surgeries last year on my kidney. I discovered that trusting God when things go right is quite easy, but trusting God during the hard times is difficult.
In Genesis 15, Abram (Abraham) reminds God that Sarah and he have no children and they are getting old, so how will they become a great nation without heirs? God takes Abram out into a warm mid-eastern night and shows him a panoramic view of the stars. He made a covenant with Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (verse 6) Notice Abram wasn’t made righteous, he was credited as being righteous. God says, Abram I will look after you through the storms of doubt, fear, and discouragement in your life; trust me. All Abram needed to do was trust God.
Malachi asks Israel, “Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another?” Malachi 2: 10 Through Malachi, God pleads one last time for Israel to stay true to the covenant made through Abram. He points out that the reason Israel didn’t become the nation of promise was because of their unfaithfulness. In fact, five times between verses 10 and 16 God tells Israel that they are faithless in their relationship with Him. Malachi finishes the chapter by telling the children of Israel that God is “wearied” of their constantly accusing Him of making the wicked prosper while they suffer. Malachi tells them the problem isn’t God picking favorites, or the fact that sometimes in life it seems that the wicked get ahead. What they need to be concerned with is to, “guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.” 2: 16b
I started out the post by confessing that it is all too easy to lose faith when things don’t go right. God, however, reminds us through the words of Malachi that we need to keep our eyes on Him and remain faithful through the storms. He doesn’t abandon us or forsake us. Since I started writing this blog, my faith has been strengthened over and over because of the emails I receive from so many of you. I thought maybe my writing could encourage people who were struggling with their trust in God, but it’s ended up that I am encouraged because of you. To hear of your struggles and how you have trusted God through so many horrendous situations is truly inspiring. So, I just want to say thank you for your support and encouragement. Originally I wasn’t sure anyone would bother with this little blog, but have I been pleasantly surprised. With no advertising or promotion, just by word of mouth people have found their way to these posts. With tens of thousands of visits since I began a few months ago all I can say is God is great. Your faithfulness to God and your trust in His grace to see you through the hard times of life is inspiring. Please keep telling your friends about the blog and encourage them to study Galatians along with us. Study six in the Galatians series had, in three days, almost fourteen hundred visits. Keep your trust in God, and you will not be disappointed. Be courageous, be strong, no regrets and no retreat.