Jul 25 2012
In some seasons of life we affirm and fully believe many things about God. In other seasons, even the most ardent believer can be disillusioned by much doubt. During these times, church can become hard, if not impossible. Listening to song after song of such surety doesn’t feel right, making you feel like even more of an outsider. The sermon, instead of building you up, creates more questions with every point the speaker makes. It feels uncomfortable and many choose to leave church.
If you dare to speak about your doubts, they’re too often met with negative vibes from listeners – by direct opposition or discomfort or silence. It’s rare that someone walks alongside us through the difficulty. So our internal troubles are compounded with external troubles. It’s ok.
We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.
This isn’t easy. It’s not supposed to be. Easy stuff is usually cheap anyway.
The MORAL journey is supposed to be a straight path where we don’t deviate to the right or left, but live good, righteous lives. That’s the ideal. But no one ever said having and keeping FAITH would be simple and straight. Heroes don’t get to be heroes by doing common things. It’s by doing and enduring the uncommon. Nobody but God may know what you’re trying to overcome. Then again, he may be the only one in your life challenging you. What we see as negative in the moment, he may bring as a gift. But it takes the moment passing before we enter the kingdom.