Proverbs 18:24 "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
It's kind of discouraging. Our human state, that is. Our Christian lives are identical to those of Israel's back in the Old Testament. God tells them what to do, they do it for a while, then they get bored of doing it so they start doing their own thing.
Isn't that how we are? We have so many peaks and valleys in our walk with Christ. I've come to this conclusion, though: You can't avoid it.
Sorry. That's just how it is. I share in your pain, if not even feel that pain more...
But that's not the end of this idea. Now since we realize that these peaks and valleys will be recurring our entire lives, It's all about holding onto Christ through both. If we can't avoid the troubles, let's take the Savior of our life with us. Then, maybe we can learn something in the valley of hardship.
Instead of walking into the dark road of calamity with our heads down, discouraged, let's go into it with the knowledge that Christ will not let us endure more than we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). You might be thinking "But you can't always go into these types of situations happy and upbeat like you make it sound." Agreed. That's a thought that I've asked myself plenty when I think about this topic. God doesn't tell us we can't be sad or mad or experience any of those normal emotions. The thing, however, that we can't forget or lose grip of is our faith in Christ. Through the tough time you will go through, you can't abandon God. You can question what He may be doing but it is extremely dangerous to walk away from Christ as a result of your hard situation.
Romans 8:38 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose."
The reason I'm writing this is because I've been disappointed by some people on campus here lately and it's made realize how wretched we are as humans. And ultimately what a contrast it is to think that God can be fully trusted and He will always be there to talk with, or vent to, or just be there to confide in. That's so foreign to me as a human because even my best friends surprise me sometimes.
That, in turn, causes me to think how I may disappoint some people in the things that I do as a result of being human. How discouraging for me... Because I want to be the guy that is genuine. The guy that people can confide in. And that's not to say that I will spill every secret I'm told because I'm sinful. That's not the case at all. It's some of the things that I do that make me maybe a little less trustworthy. And that kills me when I think that I can be that fickle, just so I can feed myself with pride.
I pray that Christ fills me with His grace. That He would seek out any wrong in me and get rid of it so that I can be the most genuine person this world has ever see.
I pray the same for you.
a wretch made right,