When that dreaded phone call comes in the middle of the night, it can cause your blood to run cold.
When your doctor sits you down with your test results in his hands and tears in his eyes … and tells you it doesn’t look good.
When your unmarried, teenage daughter says to you, “Mom, dad, I’m pregnant”.
These things can knock you off your horse.
SHAKE your faith.
TEST you to the very core.
When one you have known and loved and cherished for years is suddenly SNATCHED from you without warning. You didn’t even have time to say goodbye.
Hello friend and welcome to 5 Minutes of Hope.
Today’s topic is: The Trajectory in the Tragedy
I wish I could tell you that when I received tragic news, I stood tall, firm and … reacted with poise and dignity. Ha!
Faith shaking news is just that. When calamity and misfortune strike, we can easily be caught off guard and momentarily forget … God IS good … ALL the time.
We receive the news and although we can respond in a variety of ways … generally speaking … the trajectory of our faith will fly in one direction or the other: ALWAYS remember: your immediate response may or may not be something you’re proud of … BUT … you don’t have to LIVE there. Let faith arise! Look at Job. He started off with a “woe is me” but ended up with a “God, you are sovereign”. But it DIDN’T happen overnight.
It’s the time in between receiving the news and settling the matter in our minds where the trajectory of our faith in the tragedy can go either way.
♫ Though Satan should buffet, tho’ trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul.
– Horatio G. Spafford
Paul and Silas traveled from city to city … confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
I Peter 1:6,7
Our FAITH, dear one, is the CRUX of the matter! Can He be trusted not only on the mountain tops … but down in the valley? YES!
May the trajectory of our faith in the tragedy look up to Him, our ever present, ever faithful God.
♫ My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine! – Ray Palmer
Mighty God, we thank you for your unfailing love. Help us trust you today no matter what the day may bring. In the matchless Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we pray. Amen
May you be filled with hope today and share it with others.