Never doubt: God’s word still predicts doom for all who oppose him. And never doubt: he guarantees victory for all who love Christ’s appearing. It sometimes seems that serving God costs more than we can pay. He seems to take little notice of his people, whatever their problems. He allows the unconverted lavish displays of success and wealth.
Indeed...sometimes...only FAITH in God’s goodness keeps his people stalwart in discipleship. But IT DOES! Speaking from personal experience: when in prayer I declare faith in God, regardless, whatever circumstances may be, my fears subside and my peace of mind grows.
Christians still trust God’s word when life seems harsh and unfair; when our life grows more complex and mysterious. For there we still read: God is our refuge and strength. And underneath are his everlasting arms. Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God.
God’s word continually reinforces our spiritual lives, even as we’re hard pressed on every side, for we aren’t crushed; we’re perplexed, but not in despair; we’re persecuted, but not abandoned; we’re struck down, but not destroyed II Corinthians 4:8-9.
God’s Presence unfailingly lowers our fears as it raises our expectations. And unfailingly charges us to take courage when opposed or hurt, to advance when attacked and to persevere when all seems lost, God doesn’t care and we don’t matter. End Part III