One-word descriptions of my condition? Disillusioned. Stretched. Learning. Lonely. Determined. Sincere. Uncertain. Afraid.
But how can we live that pure life when our sin nature continues to tempt us so strongly? Our struggle is even harder because of the sinful world that surrounds us and presses in on us every time we turn on the TV or the radio. Even going to work, school or sport presents struggles if the people we’re with are worldly.
God will often call us to face difficulties because of our obedience to Him. But it’s in those times that we must remain steadfast in our faithfulness and, like Joseph, trust God to bring us through it. Face any hardship with faith and trust God!
From time to time I have seen people pour out their heart to the Pastor because their sins had been discovered and they were in serious trouble. They wept bitterly because they had devastated their marriage or ruined their reputation.
But later someone would tell me they were back in the same situation. They had not learned from their experience, and seemed determined to bring even more chaos into their lives.
What was the problem? The problem was lack of repentance. Their tears were tears of self-pity---but not of repentance. True repentance is a turning from sin---a conscious, deliberate decision to leave sin behind---and a conscious turning to God, with a commitment to follow His will.
He knows how we function, and He knows the pitfalls and dangers we face. If He didn’t love us, He wouldn’t try to guide us in the right path. But He does! As Billy Graham says we can be just as certain and just as worry-free about God's love and protection. What is the evidence? It is the Cross, where God fully expressed His love for us. The Bible says, "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave him up for us all---how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). His love is certain. He has never gone back on a single promise, and He never will. -