My heart has been aching for all the people who I have once seen living passionately for the Lord who have now seemed to completely have “thrown it all away.”
Some of the ones who were extremely influential in my spiritual walk when I was younger, are now ones who I am praying for to return to the Lord. I’ve asked a lot of questions, the biggest one being “what happened?”
In the midst of grieving over another life not being lived to it’s fullest potential, I felt God speak to me and ask me how I know that I will never walk away from him. It flung me on a path of searching for an answer.
While reading in 1 Peter chapter one the other night, I felt like I gained personal revelation on this topic. It’s going to seem obvious, but I believe that this holds a huge piece of ensuring that you will walk with the Lord all the days of your life.
Ready for it?
You must recognize and accept that life is going to be really hard, you might suffer and not everyone will like you.
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
The people who I have sadly watched walk away from the Lord, are the ones who have given up in the midst of trial.
There is a lot to be said for sheer will power and determination. The best marriages succeed simply because they determined in their hearts and minds that regardless of what happened, they would never leave each other.
So it is with our relationship with the Lord. We already know that he will never leave us or forsake us. The question is, will we forsake him?
When I read through the famous chapter on Faith found in Hebrews 11, I can’t help but get emotional. Oh the faith these men and women had! They went to their graves with this assurance in their heart that they had lived their days unto the Lord.
Almost each example of a person with great faith, proved their faith through great adversity! It was not in the easy time that they were mentioned for having exceptional faith.
Sarah was barren for years! But she believed God, and through her came a whole nation.
Abraham left his homeland to go a place that he did not know, in a time where this was very dangerous. By his faith, the promise land was indeed inherited.
Noah, faced years and years of ridicule as he followed the Lord’s guidance and built an ark to protect from rain – an element they had never experienced! Imagine explaining to people who had never seen rain that they would be washed out by a flood!
Not all of these stories had happy endings. No, further on it says that many were tortured and killed, dying without seeing what they believed come to pass. But they all died knowing that they were looking to a better future, an eternal future, where there was no pain, torture, suffering, disease or turmoil.
What will your faith chapter say? Will it record how you lived passionately for the Lord until the flood came? Then you decided to lean on drugs or alcohol?
As I have been grieving for some who have walked away, it has caused me to strengthen my commitment to the Lord. I can say with confidence that no matter what is thrown my way, I will serve him.
We need resolution and grit to make it to the finish line. May our faith chapters be ones that speak of our love and faithfulness to the Lord until we are greeted by him in eternal glory.