Monday, March 4, 2013

No Fast Passes for Faith

We must be careful not to think our faith in God is somehow a permit that lets us escape the difficulty that life can throw our way.

God is not picking on us.  Sometimes, for unknown reasons, the towers fall in our life.  And yes, there are times when towers fall because we have been pulling on them, but many times we may be simply going about our daily life, and the next thing we know either physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually, the tower comes crashing down on us.  How do we respond when they do?

When it comes to maturing in our faith by undergoing hard times, or temptation – we would all love to be exempt.  We want the joy, we want the Fast Pass,

but not the trials that bring us a deeper understanding to life.

How is your journey this Lenten season?  For despite the burdens, despite the anguish, we can be reminded of the purpose of the cross.  It does not rescue us from our circumstances, but it does save us from our failings.  The journey from the cross to the empty tomb reminds us how far God is willing to go.  It reminds us of who has the ultimate and final word about all circumstances.  It reminds us that despite current challenges that we may be facing, God’s love, God’s grace, God’s presence will not be altered.  

(From Pastor Randy's Sermon 3/2-3)

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