So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
The note came to me on facebook from some people that I have been talking to for some time. We met through a mutual friend who said that our church might be of an encouragement to these folks. Thus we connected online and then met at church.
I was impressed by them and yet so hurt by the things they had been through, some of their own choices and some from others. Our conversations have continued as they work through problems and life wanting to get back on level ground. By the way, level ground means a job and housing and steady income. Lots of people are in that place.
The past month or so has really been tough. You could call their lives something of a roller coaster on so many levels, yet what I have been able to share with them is the goodness and the patience of God.
No matter what you are going through, God loves you!
Romans 8:38 NLT
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.
That is truth I am convinced of. These people have met other folks in our church and other wise who have shared with them the facts of God's love and faithfulness, but too often life just doesn't seem fair.
This economy and the unemployment rate in our community are not good. Some times our choices or even our age keep employers from taking a chance on us.
So here is the fine line or where the rubber meets the road … BE FAITHFUL AND WATCH GOD WORK. What you do is not in vain! God will see you through. I have found that true in some difficult situations. You might even say something like I've heard many times about the "bad guys always win and get the good jobs". That seems true. But hold on some more. Watch God work.
The only thing that will keep us 'strong and immovable' (like the first verse I shared says) is our faith in God. What do we believe about God? Is God good or is He out to get us? Is God able to help us when we are in so much pain or in such a bad situation? The answer is YES God can and will. Lean on God.
In lean times, lean on God. In painful times, seek God's presence. In the constant struggle, ask for God's peace that goes past what we can understand. It is worth the wait and it is worth being part of this journey. When God shows up, all you can do is point to God. He is good and He is able. Test God on this one.
Proverbs 3:5 NASB
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
Romans 4:21 NLT
He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.