This morning the spring winds were especially blustery. As unseen winds pushed up against my house, eerie howls encircled the windows of my home leaking in creepy noises. I heard strange thumps and groaning creaks as the house bemoaned the gusty punches. In our front yard, a large limb from our street tree snapped under the pressure and fell hard to the ground. My neighbor’s children were playing basketball outside next to it when it happened. I am extremely grateful that none of those precious kiddoes were harmed! I am writing with a grateful heart this morning and have an unexpected desire to hug those little people. But, it also reminds me that the breaking of the limb evidences the strength of the wind, that though unseen, it still can damage what is not strong enough to endure the persistent pressure.
In the same way, the persistent pressure from life’s turbulent stresses can cause us to bend and even break, to fall hard, and to realize real damage to our souls. If I don’t have a strong root in truth, my weaknesses will succumb to the blustery beatings. On those difficult days, what can I hang onto? What is the truth that cannot be shaken?
In one of his letters, Paul addresses the problems of life and how to continue faithfully through them. Here is what he wrote:
Okay, when I am experiencing the strong winds of difficulty, what is the truth that firmly holds and keeps me unmoved? What can I rely on? I need to know and understand God’s heart toward me, so I have taken the same Pauline words and re-written them using my own words striving to understand how this applies to my everyday real life. God’s Word tells me that I can know and believe that I will experience trials and testings that are common to the human experience. None of my trials are a special exception, but are just normal like everyone else’s. But, I need to know this, my God is faithful; so, I can trust Him. My God sovereignly rules and will impose boundaries on my trials, so that I will not be tested above and beyond what is right (even though it may not feel like it, this is the still the truth.) I also need to know that God promises to provide a way out of the trial with His help, so that I am able to walk in faithful obedience while enduring the stormy, gale-force pressures and difficulties I will encounter again and again.
This is truth that cannot be shaken no matter how fierce the winds blow! Matt Chandler speaks about the good news of the gospel applied to trials in this way:
The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is regardless of our circumstances, we get God, and he’ll be enough. On the day of trouble, we’ll cry out, and we will hear, “Here I am.” When marriage is difficult, and we cry out, we will hear, “Here I am.” On the day the doctor says, “Can you come in? We need to talk,” we will hear as we cry out to God, “Here I am.”
He will not abandon. He will not quit, and he will not cut out his children. He is ever present, ever chasing, ever hoping, ever putting his Holy Spirit’s power into us to sustain us and hold us up regardless of life’s circumstances. This is how he blesses those who are saturated in grace. He is present. He is enough.
So, when the difficult days come-and they will-remember the faithfulness of our Father and the ever present nearness of our wonderful Jesus, and the resurrection grace and power granted to us by our Helper, the Holy Spirit, and do not be shaken. Let the Word of truth be a deep root to secure your faith in Christ.