Scripture Reading:1 Corinthians 16:11
Where will we go when the going gets tough? Will we leave God’s path for us to find an easier way? One of my favourite passages of scripture highlights this question. The day after Jesus miraculously fed more than 5,000 people with just two loaves of bread and five fishes, the crowds sought Him out in Capernaum. Jesus used their desire for more physical provision to teach them about the far superior spiritual nourishment that only He can provide. (John 6:47-51)But the truth that Jesus is “the bread of life” was difficult to understand. The teaching was just too hard. God’s truth presented a path too difficult to walk. So many of those who had followed Him turned away to walk another path (John 6:66). But then there was Peter!
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:67-69, NIV)
I love Peter’s declaration of trust. He chose to cling to Jesus no matter how the circumstances might look. No matter how tough life might get. After all, Jesus was the only One who had all life’s answers. So, what about us? We can also choose to go to Jesus when the going gets tough. No matter how things look. Even if we don’t understand what God is doing. Even if we can’t see a way out. He knows. He sees. He can. So, where will you go when the going gets tough?
Howara Kathy shared six steps for unshakeable faith as follows: Ask – Express your need to God and ask for Him to intervene. “Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalms 71:4) Remember – Reflect on the ways God has worked in your life and helped you in the past. “For You have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on You.” (Psalms 71:5-6a) Praise – Glorify God for who He is! It will foster trust in your great God. “My mouth is filled with Your praise, declaring Your splendour all day long.” (Psalms 71:8). Appeal – Base your request for help on God’s character and faithfulness. “Rescue me and deliver me in Your righteousness.” (Psalms 71:2). Place – Put your hope and trust in God to work in your circumstances. “But as for me, I will always have hope.” (Psalms 71:14a) Anticipate – Watch for God to work! Anticipate His deliverance! “You will increase my honour and comfort me once again.” (Psalms 71:21)
Like the Psalmist, even in the midst of our troubles we can stand firm on God and His truth. We may not see Him working, but we can take refuge in our Rock and Fortress (Psalms 71:3).
Is 10:5-7.13-16; Ps 94:5-6.7-8.9-10.14-15(R.14a); Accl Mt 11:25; Gosp Mt 11:25-27 WEEKDAY
- Holy Spirit, help us to stand firm in Your joy, Your satisfaction, Your peace, and Your love even amid trials.
Exercise: What storm rages around you today? Cry out to God for help. Praise Him and anticipate His deliverance!
Meditation: Psalms 71