Paul asks, “What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35) Here’s Paul’s answer: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37) And the “him” being talked about is none other than Jesus Christ the Son of the living God.
One mistake that we often make is that we let some crisis play with our head. We get depressed _ we get fearful __ we start thinking, “This is it. Things will never get better. There’s no one to help. Where is God in this mess” On and on and on it goes.
Well let me share this before I offer another word. God is very aware of the condition of our lives, our families, our marriages, our world, our church. He still loves us and is full of mercy and grace. The problem is not that God isn’t listening or that He doesn’t care. The problem is that all too often people have chosen to live without God. People are determined to do whatever they want with little or no regard for God _ with little or no regard for what God offers in the Bible, a book that is chocked full of solutions for a troubled world.
When we face times of trouble, we need to make sure that we keep our heads on straight _ that we don’t panic _ that we don’t give into despair _ that we don’t over react _ that we pray__ that we look to God.
I remind you of the words of a man named Mordecai that were spoken to Queen Esther when it looked like certain doom for the Jewish nation: Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this. (Esther 4:14)
So church, hang on to your hopes and dreams _ your commitments and priorities _ and especially to God.
Paul put it like this the end of the great resurrection chapter 1 Corinthians 15: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)