Faith on the Line

Read: Isaiah 41:8-13

The Christian way is not always the easy way or the easiest life.  Some of the things that Jesus calls us to in the Sermon on the Mount are very difficult things to live out; love your enemies, do not worry, don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, do not judge.  The truth is, everyday we put our faith on the line as we live in this world as followers of Jesus. We don’t know what is ahead and yet we are called to be faithful, obedient, and hopeful in Christ.

In his book “A Long Obedience In The Same Direction” Eugene Peterson addresses these difficult challenges we face in the Christian journey.  He reminds us that even though these challenges exist it is well worth our time to put our faith and hope on the line. Peterson writes, “Every day I put hope on the line.  I don’t know one thing about the future. I don’t know what the next hour will hold. There may be sickness, accident, personal or world catastrophe. Before this day is over I may have to deal with death, pain, loss, rejection.”

He continues on and writes, “I don’t know what the future holds for me, for those I love, for my nation, for this world.  Still, despite my ignorance and surrounded by tinny optimists and cowardly pessimists, I say that God will accomplish his will, and I cheerfully persist in living in the hope that nothing will separate me from Christ’s love.”  Those words are echoes of what Isaiah tells us in chapter 41.

Isaiah says that in the midst of all that you face in this world, both the challenges and uncertainties, God has called you and chosen you to this life as a believer.  In verse 10 Isaiah says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”  It sounds like we can live in confidence as we put our faith and hope on the line for Jesus.

Make it Personal:  The Christian life and journey is filled with so many things.  There is joy, celebration, thanksgiving, while also facing challenges, struggles, and difficulties.  Many things are on the line. Through it all we know that Jesus will be there for us and help us through whatever may come.  Turn to him and trust him with whatever you will face today.

Have a great week everyone, Pastor Glen Rhodes