Matthew 17:24-27

Matthew 17:24-27

We will go through rough times, and it is our faith that determines how we come through on the other side of those rough times.Sometimes our faith grows or is determined by our preparation. You know what? If I want God to do something in my life, and I’m not willing to pray, then why should He do it? If I’m not willing to come to God and humble myself, why should God have to do the things that I want done in my life? And this is the amazing thing about God. He knows every need we have. He knows every hair on our head. He knows they minute details of our life. He could make everything in our life good and make it so that we never, ever have to struggle. He could do that, but we would never be challenged to grow. We’d never be challenged to step forward and face the rough times in life. If He made everything good in my life, you know what? He could have created this world just to be one big party all the time, and in some ways, that may be what heaven’s going to be. When the flesh is gone and sin is gone, maybe that’s what’s going to happen. But I can’t tell you what’s going to happen. I can only imagine what might happen because He’s not given us that information.

But I do believe that we face hard times in this world, and Jesus even tells us, “In this life you will have tribulation.” That we will face the rough times. We will go into rough times, and it is our faith that determines how we come through to the other side of those rough times, and there are things that we can do such as pray, and sometimes get really serious and fast…

So often we do not show the strength of character that Jesus desires for us to show. We’re so quick to jump to our “rights” and to argue about us being in the right that we forget about the person we’re talking to or the people who are hearing, and become an offense to them. You know what? There is no fight that we can fight that’s worth the soul of someone else for me to win an argument. It’s not worth it. It’s better, sometimes, to humble ourself and step back. Now, of course, there are issues that I’m willing to die for. There are issues that I’m willing to stand firm in, regardless of who’s offended…

God does not desire for us to win the argument or to have every freedom that we think should have here. Some things He would desire for us to humble ourselves in and be the witness and the example so that we don’t stumble them.

Pastor Dave Elkins