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Just how do we we hold on to faith?

We had friends of many years for a visit this weekend who also lost their son to cancer.  As we talked about those years, of the brokenness and hopelessness, it once again reminded me where my comfort, peace and strength comes from, how I received healing that even after 19 years still lasts.

When everything is going well in your life, it is easy to love God.  For most Christians, faith means to believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of sins, and that they’ll go to heaven one day when they die. However, this belief is only the first step of faith.  It is one thing to say that you have faith; it is an entirely different thing to show it.  But, how do we hold on to that faith throughout all the things we go through in life?

When it hurts so much inside that it becomes a physical pain, and you don’t know how to feel better.  When doubt sets in when death claims your loved one, when financial problems and worries are like a never-ending sea of waves washing over you, how do you hold onto God’s promise?

I believe that pain and suffering are never the will of God for His children. I cannot conceive that it is the will of God, that loves us so much He gave His only Son to die for us, that anyone should die of cancer, or a mother should hold her stillborn baby, or a father has to look into his children’s eyes, knowing he cannot feed them!

Revelation 21:4 King James Version (KJV) – 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

There is a beautiful song called God on the mountain.

Life is easy when you’re up on the mountain,

and you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known,

But things change, when you’re down in the valley,

Don’t lose faith, for your never alone

For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley

When things go wrong, he’ll make them right,

And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times,

The God of the day, is still God in the night

We talk of faith way up on the mountain,

But talk comes easy, when life’s at its best

Now it’s down in the valleys, trials and temptations,

That’s where your faith is really put to the test,

For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley

 

We live in a broken world, but He is a caring, compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in love!  You have to allow Him to comfort you!

 

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