There are moments in life when it seems like God has abandoned us, a time when it seems like God is not interested in our worries. There is often that period in our life when we question our faith, the point where we have enticing options popping into our minds compelling us to give up on God and just give Satan a chance so he can help us overcome our troubles.
This is a very difficult point to be in life. Many people are already at this point in life, many are very close to it and many have already accepted the help of Satan to ameliorate their worries. But the questions we must all ask ourselves these; Can Satan really help us? Is Satan really interested in our true happiness?
You may also want to ask a third question; “but why is God not helping us overcome our worries? But first, let us search our hearts if we have really given God a chance, if we have willingly followed his instructions. Most times when we feel let down, God is simply telling us “be patient,” “be still and know that I am God.” (See Psalm 46:10)
When faced with giant obstacles or challenges, what should we do as believers? We must wait on God even in the toughest moments of our lives. We must not lose faith in God for He is a faithful God. (See 2 Timothy 2:13). Stand your ground when the storm rages against your faith. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we must learn to say:
If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let Him deliver us. But if not, be it know to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up. (3:17-18 NRVS)
Christianity is not about how much I get from God – wealth, health, business success, protection, mansion or daily bread. Christ already told us not to worry about these things (Matthew 6:25). Are these things not necessary tolive a happy life on earth? Yes, they are but true peace and joy can only be found in God. Hence, God is calling us to a life of relationship and obedience; love and sacrifice; faith and trust.
If our lives are patterned after worldly or perishable things, therein lies the danger of seeking God just for daily bread. The Israelite once sought Christ for bread shortly after He fed them with five loaves and two fish. They were ignorant of the purpose of Christ’s miracle. Christ wanted to draw them to Himself – to know Him and to lead them to the fountain of living water. But their main concern was the temporal need – the moment.
Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on Him God the Father has set His seal. (John 6:26-27 NRSV)
Jesus is the bread of life and He is calling us to share in His kenosis. To do this, we must be willing to empty ourselves, to be genuine in seeking Him, to abandon ourselves in His care, to journey with Him both in time of famine and harvest, to take up our crosses and walk with Him on the path of life.
For the Israelites as with many people, ‘this is a difficult message, this is not what we expect from a saviour, and this seems contrary to God’s will for us.’ But we must realize that in rejecting this teaching, we will be turning away from the Bread of Life. The one who truly satisfies our daily routine. We must come to a deep realization that there is no other saviour who will meet our expectations. If we walk away from Christ, we walk away from our only hope. Peter knew this when he answered Christ’s fundamental question: Do you also wish to go away? (See John 6:67)
Christ is asking us this same question on a daily basis especially in the most difficult points in life. Like Apostle Peter, we must always say with faith, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (See John 6:68)
Don’t be oblivious of the truth, when we seek happiness, joy, peace, freedom, growth, health and the most pressing needs of life, the answer is Jesus and in Him you will find the authentic, genuine, undemanding lasting solution. St John Paul II said it finely:
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.
St. John Paul II
‘Don’t give up on God and He won’t give up you’ sang Deitrick Haddon featuring Darwin Hobbs is his song ‘He’s able’. If you have wandered away like the Israelite and have sought comfort and remedy from spiritualist, drugs, drinks, ritual, occult, adultery, suicidal thoughts and the likes, return to Him like the Prodigal son. Be rest assured that God will embrace you and cloth you with the robe of love, peace and restoration.
I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2 NRSV)
“Lord, I know in my mind that you will win in the end. If only my heart would believe that, too! Grant me this grace. Grant that my life will show that kind of optimism at every moment.” Amen
Jesus Christ Speaks
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35 NRSV).
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. (John 13:34 NRSV)
Everyone yearns for love and everyone deserves to be loved. Love is an inherent feature of every human being since we are created in the image and likeness of God who is the quintessence of Love itself. Love is the soul of our being; it is enclosed in our hearts. Love makes us human; love makes us Christians; love makes the world acknowledge that we are Christ’s followers - the redeemed children of God. It is incumbent on us to reawaken this consciousness and expression of genuine love in a world overflooded with egocentric minds.