Aug. 28, 2019

In times of heartache, in times of doubt…

 

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:4

I’ve shared before that I was brought up in church. In fact, I’ve told you that I attended church before I was born. My mom and dad are spiritual powerhouses. My parents took me to church while my mom was pregnant with me. Church has been a vital and intricate part of my life. Those years that my church seem to crater and fall apart were very difficult on me. Not because I worshipped the church, but because the church strengthened me. Walking away from a church that I loved was difficult, but necessary. Walking away from the people I believed helped contribute to its demise was equally necessary. Coming to terms with my grief over my cracked church and forgiving those who put a hammer to it hasn’t been easy. But it has been equally necessary in my faith journey.

One thing that a dying church teaches us is to understand that our trust and reliance must be in Him. Regardless of what is challenging you today, I feel led to remind you that you can trust in Him. In fact, this life is such a bumpy ride the bible tells us repeatedly to trust in the Lord. While a church building and its congregation may seem like our safe haven, the True Safe Haven is our trust in the Lord.

I know many of you are struggling. You’ve shared your struggles with me privately. I, too, have issues that force me to continue to struggle by examining the foundation of my faith. Where do I place my trust?

The verse says it all, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Not a building. Not a group of people. Not one single person. Not a situation. Not good feelings. Not our own strength or happiness. Jesus is forever. Jesus is the Rock eternal. Cling to Him in times of heartache and in times of doubt. One thing is for certain: He won’t fail us, and He certainly will not fall apart.