The Disrupted Christian Journey
When a person is truly trying to follow Christ, opposition will come. As a matter of fact, I consider John 16:33 a guarantee that followers of Christ will face challenges. Jesus told us very clearly, “in this world you will have trouble.”
And sometimes, you don’t even have to go looking for it. Most of the time trouble just finds you—at least that’s been my experience. You want to know when it happens most frequently? Right after I pray. You can just bet that if I pray and ask God for peace, it’s going to be the very thing the enemy tries to disrupt and sometimes it’s just downright frustrating. I think to myself, “God I’m trying to do right, but it doesn’t seem like that’s what you want.”
Then, the Holy Spirit comes to remind me that God doesn’t deal in evil, but he does allow things to test our faith. Remember the story of Job? God called him a blameless and upright man who feared the Lord, yet God still gave the enemy permission to disrupt Job’s life.
That’s because our faith is best tested in the fire. It’s easy to say I trust God when everything is going great, but God wants to know if you can trust him when you lose your job, when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, when your significant other leaves you, or when your car breaks down and the money is low. We’re supposed to. And I know it sounds beyond crazy, but 1st Peter 1:6-9 says it best:
“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. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
All of these trials for the salvation of our souls. Jesus Christ himself suffered and had troubles, and if we take on his name we should expect obstacles to come our way, but the last part of that scripture in the book of John says, “but take heart I have overcome the world.”
Our limitations show us our great need for God and we cannot overcome the world and all that happens in it without Him. He really does work every. single. thing out for our good.