When Faith Is Tested

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It is especially hard to have faith and trust in His plan when all one can see is despair and gloom. I wrote the majority of this poem during a time when I was feeling down. All I could do then was try to convince myself deep inside that it would soon pass and that I would eventually see the Light at the end of the dark, depressive tunnel. And even though every once in a while the tunnel vision returns, and all I again see is the sorrow and despair, I know that soon He will bring me out of the tunnel and into His Light again.

Like I said in my poem, My Lifeguard, I know that during these times He may let me thrash about and struggle in the water to get stronger, but He will never leave me to drown. ๐Ÿ™‚

This poem is for all of you out there feeling depressed andย  // or going through hard times. Keep the faith and pray. Meditate on His word. I recommend John 16:33, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 23 in its entirety, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 28:7, Psalm 31:24. and Psalm 46:1. (If you have favorite verses or quotes you go to when you’re feeling down, please comment and tell me about them!) Remember what Charles Spurgeon said:

Perseverance copyrightEven when it’s difficult, keep going! I give thanks to Him every day for bringing me out of the tunnel and into His light; and I pray that He does the same for you.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

When Faith Is Tested

My heart has shattered
Like an unguarded windowpane
What once really mattered
Put in perspective again.

Felt like someone stabbed it
Reached in and grabbed it
Pulled it out of my torso
And damaged it more so

Life had beaten it black and blue
Hurt it beyond repair
I was told to just pull through
Now how is that fair?

I wrapped it carefully in a bandage
A feeble attempt to allow it to heal
Before returning it to its guarded cage
Where it hoped to be safe and concealed

I guessed that this is what I get
For wearing my heart on my sleeve
It was exposed to the elements
I took risks, I dared to hope; I believed

Then I recall, when faith is tested
Count it all joy, for it works patience
So in Jesus my faith is invested
In whatever the circumstance

For I know that Him, I should seek
Turn to Him with wholehearted belief,
When I am anxious, tired and week;
He shall give my weary soul relief

I should be like Job, who endured much
And his faith never did waver
He concentrated on His loving touch
And on His wonderful Savior

I know that to serve my King
I have to expose my heart
Even if circumstances may sting
This is a good place to start

So in Him, I put all my trust
I know that He will never leave
God is faithful, that I must
Wholeheartedly and earnestly believe

James 1:2&3 inspired the sixth stanza, Matthew 11:28-30 inspired the seventh stanza, and obviously, the book of Job inspired the eighth stanza. ๐Ÿ™‚

Image source for the heart:ย Pixabay

The snail is all mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

God is a God of Peace

God is a God of peace.

I remembered reading that in the Bible somewhere, so I researched where all “peace” was used in the Bible as a Bible study one day, and I thought I would share my findings here. ๐Ÿ™‚

The amount of times that โ€œGod of peaceโ€ is referenced in the New Testament is almost overwhelming. Many are greetings, which is why it is written within the first four verses of the books in question. To save space, Iโ€™m not going to add them all to this post, but here are the references I found if youโ€™d like to see for yourself: 1st Corinthians: 1:3, 2nd Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, 1st Thessalonians 1:1, 2nd Thessalonians 1:2, 1st Timothy 1:2, 2nd Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4, Philemon 1:3, 2nd Peter 1:2, and 2nd John 1:3.

Here is the one I was looking for:

1st Corinthians 14:33: For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Knowing that God is a God of peace is great, but in my search I stumbled across this:

Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Isnโ€™t that amazing? He, full of peace, keeps our hearts and minds through Jesus! But how has He done this?

Colossians 1:19 & 20: For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

He made peace through the blood He shed on the cross! However, He isnโ€™t just a God of peace…

Ephesians 2:13 – 18: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

He is our peace! Isnโ€™t that an amazing thought? How incredible is this?! He tore down the walls so that we may directly speak with Him so that we may have peace.

1st Peter 5:6 & 7: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

He wants us to cast our troubles onto Him — He wants us to have this peace because He loves us! So there you have it: what started as a “where is that verse in the Bible?” turned into a long, joy-filled study in His Word. ๐Ÿ™‚

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:3; but basically, almost all of the verses I mentioned above in the third paragraph too.)