Monday, December 8, 2008

It's Never Too Late

Through my intensive study of Scripture, church history, and contemporary experience, I have become convinced that it’s never too late for someone to come back to God – whether he or she walked away from the faith or felt God was the one who left.

Jesus himself repeatedly warned against losing one’s faith—or causing others to lose their faith. In fact, Jesus said it would be better to be drowned (something most ancient Israelites deeply feared) than to cause someone to lose his or her faith.

Of course for many years I thought these biblical warnings didn’t apply to me. Then a decade ago, I was hit with a rapid-fire series of crises. I felt that the hand of God was crushing me in every way. In my despair—and I say this with deep trepidation—I started doubting God’s character.

Experientially I was in danger of losing my faith. Why? Because I’d failed to heed the clear warnings of Scripture. I’d let my circumstances temporarily overshadow what I knew to be true. So, what is true?

Not everyone experientially loses his or her faith. But everyone has or will face crises of life and faith. These pivotal times are part of each person’s spiritual journey.

God allows us to go through deeply troubling, faith-testing periods that can last for weeks, months, years, even decades. The question is always the same: Will we remain true to God no matter what?

If we persevere, God does something remarkable. He blesses our life’s work and impact to an extent we never could have imagined. That certainly is true in my own life and experience. And I find the same thing true all through history and all around the globe. 

Tomorrow, we'll meet my friend Tchere, who lives in Chad, Africa. His faithfulness to God--no matter what--has inspired me and I pray it will inspire you too.

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