In times of difficulty and times of ease, we are called to remember the goodness of the Lord.
Saying, “Thank you” is more than good manners. Counting our blessings is more than a self-help strategy. Gratitude is the power of the gospel at work to increase our faith so that we might take our place as the humble recipients of God’s mercy; so that we might recognize that it is God’s power, not our own, that saves us; so that we might stand alongside those who suffer as a sign of Christ’s own presence.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Proverbs 3:5 commends these words to the people of God, “Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” but can God really be trusted?
We have a reached a point and time in human history where it is absolutely necessary to consider the place of God and faith in our lives as it leads us to acknowledge the cause of Jesus and follow him even if it invites some measure of suffering and sacrifice.
When Jesus is intimately near to us and when we walk the Jesus Way, we find that the peace and serenity given by the Holy Spirit never depart from us, despite the risks and challenges of discipleship.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.