Can you think back to a time where you felt anguish, distress, grief, or even pain? I am certain that somewhere down the road, whether it be as a child or during adulthood, we have all experienced some form of suffering.
The bible says “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
For instance, a new born baby is just conceived and needs someone to hold them and nurture them for the first few months. Eventually, the child grows up and realizes that they’re not being held in someone’s arms anymore, they’re completely on their own. They begin to understand the realities of life, such as pain, heartache, and adversity; and start to worry about where to turn to when things get tough.
The truth is, the moment we enter into this world, we are guaranteed a life that includes suffering. In fact, all of us were born into sin. As children, some of us were not aware that life itself isn’t always fair.
The bible says that we will experience trails and tribulations, however, if we accept that Jesus is Lord and can save us from our sins, then we can live a life that is free of worrying, and are promised with eternal life.
Now some might stop here and say, well why would God allow us to experience a world that has trials and tribulation? Why didn’t He just create a perfect world free of suffering?
That is a valid question, and I also had the same questions before I was saved.
The bible tells us in Genesis, that God intended us to live in a perfect world, free of sin. However, when He created man and woman to be in relationship with Him, they sinned against Him, they chose the wrong thing, they disobeyed.
Think about this for a moment. If we lived in a perfect world where no one knew right from from, we would be like robots. We wouldn’t be serving and obeying God out of fear and reverence for Him, we would be doing it because we had no choice.
I am so grateful that the evidence of my salvation comes from choosing to obey and worship God because I want to, not because I have to. It makes being in a relationship with Him more intimate and real than anything else this world could offer.
A relationship with God requires faith, because He wants us to believe that He is real and that He is preparing a place for us that is perfect, which is Heaven.
If all of us were going to Heaven, like most people think, we wouldn’t have needed to be placed on this earth first. We would be there already, serving God like robots.
That is the reason why salvation is something I don’t ever want to take lightly. It’s something that is real to me, and why I want my friends and family members to know how real it can be for them to.
On April 1, 2018, my mom and I have the privilege of sharing our stories of how God saved both of us, which actually happened around the same time. I will be sharing about how God has set me free of an eating disorder that once controlled every aspect of my life. Where I was envious, jealous, self-seeking and full of pride, God used this adversity to get my attention in order to focus on what truly matter in this life, Him.
The bible says in 1 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. This biblical truth has become so evident in my life, because of what God has done in me ever since I have been born-again.
The Lord has given me a desire to know Him more by engaging in a daily devotion of prayer and reading through scripture. He has also given me the gift of writing on this blog, where I can share about how God has been working in me and through me to reach other people.
He has blessed me with some of the most incredible people in my life. I believe that God places people in our lives for a purpose, and for a reason, and at a specific time to show us something about His character.
Although I can’t go back and relive some of the years I had lost due to the eating disorder, there is one thing I know for certain; God is able. God is able to use our past mistakes as a way to get our attention, and to use for His glory. He is able to turn what was meant to harm us, and use it for our benefit (Romans 8:28).
In other words, we must have faith that God is able to turn our failures and hardships into opportunities for spiritual growth.
This new life in Christ, involves living a life that is honourable to Him. This does not include some of the things my old life included, such as partying, or drinking, or engaging in any other type of sinful behaviour.
Also, it does not include any form of idolatry, lust, pride, envy or jealousy, because the Spirit of God only bears good fruit such as love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, and self-control, etc.
There is an indescribable amount of things to praise and thank God for in the past two and a half years of being saved, but perhaps I can share these things with you at a later time, or you can read about some of them on my blog at http://www.backtobeingsara.com.
I would like to end with this quote by Billy Graham, a well-known preacher who allowed God to work in Him, in order to change the lives of many. Here’s what his words say; if anything has been accomplished through my life, it has been solely God’s doing, not mine, and He, not I must get the credit.”-Billy Graham
Thank you Jesus, for dying on the cross in order to pay for my sin. You knew exactly what I would walk through when you created me, which is also why You chose to die for me. Praise you Lord, how wonderful are your thoughts towards me.