I received a phone call today from someone who has been coming to our church for a while. They are facing something none of us would even want to face.
While I can’t share the problem, I can say that if any one of us received the news they had received, we would probably go through anxiety, despair, doubt, anger, and a lot of other emotions.
In the end, we would still be powerless to do anything about it.
Nearing the end of our conversation, after we had talked about prayer and faith, I told them to “keep believing.”
After I got off the phone, an old song came to mind that says:
When troubles rise and catch you unaware
The day to day of living seems unfair
So you try again all your dreams and plans
But they end up in defeat
The fancy frills that once brought thrills
Now leave you incomplete
Keep believing in what you know is true
Keep believing, you know the Lord will see you through
When troubles rise in your life
and you don’t know what to do,
If you’re looking for answers and you can’t find your way
And the enemy tells you that there’s no need to pray
You just remember God is faithful and His word is true
Everything He’s promised is what He’s going to do
And you’ll be fine if you just keep believing.
All of us can relate to the first verse of this song. Sometimes troubles rise and catch us off guard – unprepared.
We didn’t ask for them, yet, here they are. Now, we have to deal with them.
It’s even worse when we have no power to do anything about them.
That’s when we can either give up, or we can keep believing.
If you’ve prayed – pray again.
If you’ve believed – believe again.
If you’ve had faith – have faith again.
Until whatever your facing has killed you, you can keep believing.
The thing we need to remember is that God does His greatest miracles when there is no other way but by His power. If we can handle it, it’s not a miracle. It’s when we can’t handle it, that God gets the glory.
If you’ve read the Bible – read it again. Except, this time, keep an eye out for all the people who are taken to the end of their rope. With nothing left to offer, they turn to God – and it’s in those instances that He does the miracles we preach about thousands of years later.
If you’ve been to church – come to church again.
Today might be the day you get what you’ve been looking for.