Proven Faith

“Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering…. The love of God did not protect His own Son…. He will not necessarily protect us – not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.” ― Elisabeth Elliot


Whom Do You Seek?

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian, once said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” His point is obvious; man has an internal drive to seek the divine. Because of this void, man will continue to seek and not be satisfied until God fills that void through Jesus Christ. What makes seeking God difficult is that unless God reveals Himself, man never sees Him.


God’s Agent of Eternal Life

The Father gave the Son all power and authority to provide eternal life to mankind; mankind, who before Jesus came, was eternally dead in sin. Man was separated and fell out of relationship with God when Adam rebelled against Him in the Garden of Eden. But Jesus came to restore that relationship and bring God to man. 

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).


Peace for a Few

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

           The world is not an easy place for Christ-followers to live. Think about it, we live in hostile territory that is ruled by Jesus’ arch enemy, Satan.


The Security of Joy

Consider the scene: the disciples were grieving because of Jesus’ departure. And they would soon be overwhelmed with sorrow and grief because of His death.


“Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” (John 16:22)


After the cross, the disciples huddled together in an upper room, fearful of the religious leaders and temple guard. They were emotionally paralyzed, and they didn’t know how to move forward. In essence, all their hope had been stripped away and crushed. That is, until Jesus revealed Himself to them in person and physically alive. It was then that all things changed and their hope and joy renewed. 


The resurrection of Jesus brings people hope and joy that cannot be taken away. When Jesus conquered sin and death, He ushered in hope for mankind and the beginning of a new age.


The world, our flesh, and even Satan will try to rob us of joy, but nothing can truly take it away. The work of salvation accomplished by Jesus Christ guarantees that. Through the cross and the power of the resurrection, joy can be constant, never to be robbed or revoked. This is a spiritual transformation that God creates at salvation when He renews our hearts. Isaiah spoke of the impact of this transformation in Isaiah 66:14, “Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad, And your bones will flourish like the new grass; and the hand of the Lord will be made known to His servants, But He will be indignant toward His enemies.


Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God.” – Sam Storms


May you know the joy of the Lord that comes from the presence of God. May His joy renew your strength as you walk through life. May this hope guide you through all the challenges that come from this world. 


Pastor Cary Wacker