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Bold Belief

     Every January it inevitably happens—a new year dawns in the blink of an eye and we look ahead. 

Bold Belief     Some of us are full of hope as we consider the possibilities of the days to come.  You may be expecting a child or grandchild…you may be getting married…you may be graduating…you may be starting a course…you may be starting your career…you may be retiring…you may be going on a long-awaited trip…you may have a child starting school…or you may feel hopeless right now because one of your expectations has remained unfulfilled or you have experienced a significant loss.

     Life is challenging when our plans are not fulfilled and what we hoped for did not come.   Sometimes we feel that we have been cheated or robbed of our dreams and that life is incredibly unfair.  Why do some women get pregnant so easy and others try everything possible and still no baby? Why are some able to be treated medically for their illnesses and others pass away?  Why do children suffer?  Why doesn’t God stop the pain?  Why doesn’t He give us what we ask for if He is a good God?

     These are legitimate questions that stem from painful life experiences.  And from our human perspective, there are no easy answers.  If we choose, we can look to a higher perspective.

     In Isaiah 55:9, God himself declares,  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

     I am quite limited in my knowledge, but God is not. He is Sovereign—which means He is in control and completely aware of everything and everyone. When you couple that with His love, which is unconditional and everlasting, our faith begins to lift us to a plane that is beyond this physical world of disappointments.

     When we consider our own sinfulness, we begin to understand that humanity’s rebellion against God is in fact responsible for the pain and death and sorrow.

     But listen to what Jesus says to us in John 16:33. “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart.  I have overcome the world.” 

     We must choose for ourselves what we will believe and whom we will serve.

     I cannot answer all the questions that arise from living in a broken world, but I can choose to believe in God’s promise to “work everything together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

     A great question to ask God during a troubled experience is, what do You want me to learn through this? 

     He loves that question when it comes from a sincere heart!

     As C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, "...one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself."

     The day will come when each of us will stand before the Lord and He will either welcome us home or say that He never knew us.

     Let’s choose to believe Him in spite of life’s disappointments.

     Let’s be bold in believing that Jesus is worthy of our trust. 

Copyright © 2008-2015 Dawn Sheridan Kollar

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