The Bible is literally the source of hope in every situation, and while most people own a bible, and will delve into it now and again, to cling to the Word of God in EVERY circumstance can be incredibly difficult. Or is it just me?
2015 was a difficult year for me in so many ways – but it is nothing on the current “Annus Horribilis” I am experiencing!! But it ended with a very deliberate and significant word from God. I can either remain in the place I was, or I can begin to move into a new season. I can either carry the same burdens into a new year, or I can choose to start afresh and embrace all God had for me.
God doesn’t promise us an easy life.
But He does promise us life.
And life in all its fullness.
“I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants, loving Adonai your God, paying attention to what he says and clinging to him — for that is the purpose of your life!”
To be in a place where we no longer desire life, would indicate there is something seriously wrong, and we need help. To desire death over life would indicate there is a serious issue we may need to seek help over.
And yet, it happens. Even to people in Church. Even to people writing and speaking on God’s love and faithfulness. Even to the worship leaders, the children’s workers, the youth workers, the Church leaders – to those we look up to and admire.
I have spoken so much about the masks we wear in Church. But this is not how I believe God ordained we should be. No man is an island, and yet it feels like the church is filled with lonely islands trying to find their way back to the mainland.
Don’t remain alone.
I am still trying to work out “life in all its fullness” really means, but I know what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean being in a place where death seems more desirable than life. If this is where you find yourself, for whatever reason, know that this is not what God has lined up for you. Don’t try to work it out alone. Raise your head. Remove the mask, and seek help.
Cling to Abba.
You have a purpose to your life. This purpose is what will help you to walk tall – even through the darkest season of life.