One of the good things about growing older (and perhaps the only good thing about growing older) is the benefit of historical perspective. By that I mean, as someone who has a fair number of years under my belt, I can look back and see how God has worked in the past – through the challenging periods of my life as well as the good. I have the assurance of knowing that God will get me through hard times in the present because I can see how He has gotten me through hard times in the past.
Jim, a member of our church body, posted a link to a music video by Elevation Worship. The title piqued my interest – “Do It Again”. When I looked at the lyrics, I realized they express in song exactly what I’ve experienced in my own personal life:
“I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again”
Many of you are going through rough times right now, whether it be the loss of employment, financial worries, health anxieties or a hundred other things that are crowding your mind, heart and soul. And the future may not look much brighter than the present. But mark my words, God’s promises are just as true in times of upheaval as they are when life is running smoothly.
The other thing I’ve noticed as I’ve walked with God these many years is that I tend to grow in spiritual maturity far faster in the troubling times than when things are going “peachy”. When life is smooth, I tend to get lax with my relationship with Jesus Christ. Prayer and scripture reading go by the wayside. When a crisis hits, though, I’m all about prayer and scripture reading. Why? Because times of crisis in our lives tend to get us to focus on what’s really important. And when we focus on what’s really important, we grow.
So, in these tough times for the country and for us as individuals, let’s remember two things:
- God will see His children through times of distress. (Psalm 34:19, 1 Peter 4:12-13)
- Hard times help us become more mature Jesus followers. (Psalm 119:67, James 1:2-4)
In my own life, I’ve experienced how God has used difficulties to show His power and draw me closer to Himself. I think you will find that if you trust God to get you through this dark time, in years to come you will look back and say, “You made a way, where there was no way and I believe I’ll see You do it again…”
Tim Carman is an Elder at Amazing Grace Bible Church in Kahoka, MO.
Do It Again lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, Songtrust Ave
Songwriters: George Veikoso / Michael Stevenson / Nicholas Matthew Balding / Christopher Maurice Brown / Mark Kragen / Marc Randolph Griffin / Pia Mia Perez / Jerry Afemata