Faith in Perseverance
by Lindy Swanson, OCW Prayer Team
As Christian writers, we all feel besieged at times. Many things can thwart our desire to write. I recently felt overwhelmed by trying to meet the demands of eldercare for three family members. This reminded me of hearing a woman complain bitterly: “Didn’t God say He would keep us from going through more than we can handle? Well, He’s sure giving me more than I can handle.”
If we believe God is not being good for His Word, this makes us feel He is untrustworthy, unloving, and unkind; therefore, God is failing to be who He is supposed to be. This misperception arises from a misquoted Scripture. What we are actually promised is that we will not be “tempted beyond what” we are able to resist and that with every temptation He will provide a way out, so that we “will be able to endure” the temptation without sin—not that we would avoid suffering beyond what we could endure (1 Corinthians 10:13). When we feel overwhelmed, we feel tempted to not trust God.
Just as Jesus obeyed God up to and through the point of death, He calls us to love Him more than life itself. Our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ face this trial daily. They face the same anti-Christ spirit and foes as King David did when he penned his testimony regarding God’s lovingkindness while living in a besieged city.
God makes His lovingkindness marvelous to us in our besieged places, so that we, like David, can testify to God’s lovingkindness and so encourage others. Our trials make us more Christlike so that our writing reflects His character and glory (Psalm 31:21).
God promises He will never leave us nor forsake us. His Holy Spirit within us is a pledge that we are His bride and He is coming back for us. God’s Holy Spirit shares His revelation with us. We can rest in the assurance that He will reveal His lovingkindness in the midst of our tribulations.
What are you crying out to God for? How has He helped you recently?