Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes following Jesus is hard. Sometimes doing the right thing is hard. Sometimes remembering what’s true is hard.
Do you ever catch yourself in a place where you know don’t have to be? Like you know you don’t have to feel insecure about that one thing, you know God’s grace is over you, you know He is for you. But there is no feeling or belief that comes along with that knowledge.
I find myself in places like that all the time.
Just because we know something, doesn’t mean we always believe it. Belief is hard.
Knowing can often be understood as an awareness. Believing is an acceptance.
There are plenty of things that I know that I do not accept. And unfortunately, sometimes those things are really important truths that God desires greatly for us to accept as our own.
I’m not sure I’m at the end of this lesson yet, and I’m not sure I ever will be. This is something God is in the process of teaching me, and something I will most likely be learning for my entire life. But here’s what I do know…
The cost of following Jesus is great. Yet, to be a part of his Kingdom is even greater. [Luke 9:57-62]
Doubting is a common thing many of us will face, but we will be blessed for believing without seeing. [John 20:29]
Endurance and trust are built over time. If there is anything I have learned in the past few years it is that I do not want to lean on my own understanding, that my God is much more trustworthy. Because if He is for me, nothing stands a chance against me. No fear, no insecurities, no doubts, no brokenness. He covers it all and goes above and beyond the realms of this earth to protect me and love me. He has conquered death for me and for you. [Romans 8:31]
Yes, life is hard sometimes and there will be days when we all question what we’re doing. But when those days come for me, I want to chose to turn to the truths that were written down years ago for me.
Romans 15:4 - "Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled."