We are told that we will have trouble in this world, but how often do we still question and wrestle with why God has allowed suffering into our lives? Deep down, we still struggle to not equate God’s goodness and love with how our circumstances appear. Personally, I have days when my pain feels more unbearable because I allow thoughts to swirl in my head that say, “If God really cared, he would show his love by easing my pain and protecting me from anymore hardship.” Then all it takes is stubbing my toe to fan the flame of unbelief. I forget that his wisdom and love is in light of eternity, while mine is often stuck in the temporal. The danger is, once we find ourselves dwelling on the lie that if God were good, he would protect us from harm, every inconvenience and trouble that comes our way only feeds our distrust that God must not be for us. This dangerous spiral, one that I have found myself on far too many times, will eventually produce the bitter fruit of resentment, cynicism, bitterness, and inner turmoil.
Friends, we have to fight the lie that says, “If God loves me, he will protect me from the trouble of this world”. It is a whisper of the enemy that seeks to twist the character of God and plant the seed of unbelief. Instead, we have to remember that Christ promised that we will have trouble in this world, especially as followers of a suffering Savior. BUT, he does offers us peace in the midst of the troubles we face. Not because he’ll always prevent them, but because he will walk with us through them. He has already conquered death - the greatest threat we face. How much more will he enable us to be overcomers in the lesser things - for our eternal good and to the praise of his name?
Let’s not lose heart and believe the lie that Jesus is distant and uncaring when our circumstances don’t seem to reflect his goodness - no matter how convincing our feelings may be. Instead, may those feelings drive us to cry out to him, asking for his peace to fill our anxious hearts and minds. Our trials may threaten to overcome us, but we have nothing to fear - Christ has overcome the world. ~ Sarah
The pre-sale copy arrived (it will eventually be a hard back)! It doesn’t feel real until you hold it in your hands. And even still - it’s hard to believe. A book can only capture so much, but these pages have come at great cost. I honestly don’t know what the days ahead will hold, but this is like a stone of remembrance, a visual reminder of God’s faithfulness. It contains hard fought truths that we could have only learned by walking through the Refiners fire and seeing Christ change us and change our marriage in the process. We don’t have all the answers and we are still navigating our own challenges, but we are trusting these pages to the Lord for him to do with as he pleases. We hope and pray it will be an encouragement, comfort, and helpful resource for many marriages. God is always doing a million more things than we can see in the moment and this book is a powerful testimony of that. #PraiseGod.
We will have a fairly small group, but if you’re interested in joining the launch group, please email togetherthroughthestorms@Gmail.com and we’ll be in touch!