What, then, shall we say of these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? — Romans 8:31
Thomas Aquinas said, "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary; to one without faith, no explanation is possible."
We've all been through a lot in the last two years. Some of us have only dealt with minor inconveniences, some of us have faced horrendous challenges, some of us have suffered heart-wrenching losses. How has your faith been affected by what you have been through?
I recently heard: "God doesn't give the hardest battles to the toughest soldiers; He creates the toughest soldiers through life's hardest battles." Don't allow your relationship with God to be negatively impacted. Turn to Him, be strong in the Lord, and turn to His Word. Read the book of Psalms. You'll find David experienced tremendous heartache, but always turned to God. You can vent your anger, sorrow, frustrations. You can yell at God. It's okay. He's God. He can handle it. Just don' t run away from His immense love for you, the healing and comfort only He can give.
I pray your faith will become a source of strength that will never falter, that what you have endured through life's experiences will prepare you for anything and everything the future may hold. All of us face uncertain futures. We have no idea what may lie in store tomorrow. Whatever it may be, you can face it because you've become stronger in your faith because of what you have faced in the past, whether because of Covid or because of other trials and struggles in your life. Whatever you do, please don't ever turn away from God. That's the absolute worst thing you could do because He is the source of your strength. God is using those things to turn you into a tough soldier to face all that the future holds. Be strong in the Lord.
Prayer: Holy God, Loving Father - You know the struggles we face each day. May the strength of our faith encourage others to be strong in You. In Jesus' holy name. Amen
About Jane Amstutz Jane sings in the chancel choir and is St. Thomas’ prayer chain facilitator, among many other things..