What God has promised to do will be done. Though man counts time in days and years, God’s promise to transform His people cannot be broken. We look at our lives and worry attends our thoughts. We have come to believe that we have stepped over the line and now stand counted as an enemy of God. How can that be so?
Look back. How easy was it to believe when you first heard the Gospel? What has changed over the years? You heard the call to righteousness and holiness. You allowed yourself to believe the message that those who live in sin can’t expect eternal life. Your soul shook with fear and your responded with confession. Remember how you felt that first touch of freedom from a guilty conscience when you embraced the promise of God to forgive?
We all know what has changed. In our struggle against sin we have fallen to temptation. At first it was a mistake to allow ourselves to be fooled into death. But when we turned to God for help, didn’t help arrive? He no more desires us to die now than He did when we first believed. As long as you are in this bag of flesh hope remains. What has changed is a gradual dulling of our hope, which is a direct result of a learned disobedience.
How do we reclaim that vibrant hope? Refocus your efforts to believe. It’s not something we can actually manipulate with our hands. We simply give up our own struggle, confess our lack, and wait for His response. The struggle will resume soon enough. And you will be tested again. But the renewal of our time of confession, and subsequent receiving of hope, will give us a strength we did not have at the start of our journey. We will have proven to ourselves, once again, that God’s promise is stronger than our failings.
I do not say these things as a novice. Over 25 years God has proven His ability to save me. Though you have no need to trust the word of a man, the testimony I give here comes from a myriad of testings regarding this hope we share. I testify, as do all who remain hopeful, that God is able and WILLING to cause us to live. If you give up it is because you choose to stop believing. Simply make the choice to believe again. It’s really that easy, my friends. You need not wallow in pig slop any longer.