In times of difficulty and times of ease, we are called to remember the goodness of the Lord.
The next time you find yourself in the far country, unable to find the way back from where you have come, or your shame and embarrassment keeps you in a dark place, remember: Abba Father honors a broken spirit, and that is the miracle and mystery of the gospel. In Jesus Christ, God finds us and welcomes us home.
This is the ultimate freedom, my friends, to live in a world filled with storms and suffering and know the peace and joy that comes in knowing Jesus Christ.
Instead of a spirit of resignation, we are called to live as committed and devoted friends of Jesus who know how to walk through the shadow of suffering, who are not given to conflict or division, who seek fellowship, and walk the talk of Jesus with joy and grace.