003 – Faith Workout – Indeed in Our Hearts We Feel the Sentence of Death

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Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:9, ESV)

This one is out early this week.  I did not get it up yesterday, sorry, but it was a long day.  But that being said, it reinforced the need for what I wanted to share this week.  In continuing to grow off of the post from last week asking you to live an authentic faith this week…I was forced into being reminded of my favorite verse.  That is the one at the top from 2 Corinthians.

My favorite book of the Bible… Job!

There is a pattern to what stands out to me and what I empathize with.  What always strikes me and resonates with me are the following:

  1. There will be dark days.
  2. We have those to increase our faith and dependence on Christ, not to pull us away from it

As you go through this week and focus on living out your authentic faith, please include in that some reflection the dark days and times that you have been through.  How did you respond to those times and those struggles?

 

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Did you doubt Christ was there?  Did you cling harder to the cross?  Did you pray more, less?  Did you pray at all?

When I examine life, it is pretty safe to say that we are all just like the disciples in any telling of Jesus calming the sea.  We are the disciples and we are the sea.

We fall into a trap of thinking that just because we do not see Jesus moving and working that He is not protecting, providing and delivering us to safety.  We forget that He is in the boat and so when the wind and the waves and the storms of life attack, we pay more attention to them than the fact that we have Christ with us.

In Mark’s telling of this story, the following is said:

He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40)

And this is each and every one of us…daily.  We see the storms, that chaos, the confusion and we get afraid and lose faith.

We do not have to run down below and wake Jesus up from his sleep, we have to remember that He is in the boat.  That He controls the wind and the waves and they will be calmed when the time is right.  We need to stop focusing on the storm and take refuge in the one who can calm the storm.

But we don’t.  When there are dark days and rough times, we immediately go to a place of how can I fix this, what did I do to be in this position, or why is God punishing me?  When a lot of the time, it’s not about fixing, it’s not about what you did, and it is not punishment.  It is a call to trust, a call to cling to the one who raises the dead.

Dark days will happen.  Some days will be darker than others, but as we go through them and face them…we must trust that Christ will calm to storm and be drawn closer to Him.  The seas will calm, and we will make it to the other side.