“…for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you…” –John 16:13b-15
Profound doctrines or one’s heart breaking experiences in life challenge human comprehension and stretch physical and spiritual endurance.
In your darkest circumstances, when you already at the edge and are about to fall down, God’s rescue is sure even before you call out to Him. Hang on!
In the hour of tribulation, a person either will cling hard on his faith or will abandon it. In the book of Job 1:21, Job after losing all that he had, managed to say, “Naked am I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave and the Lord had taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
Job’s faith remained steadfast in spite of tragic circumstances in his life. After a while, God restored him and blessed him with more than what he had in the beginning.
In contrast, in John 6:53-58, the Lord claimed that He is the Bread of life and except one eats his flesh and drinks his blood, he has no life in him. Many of the Lord’s disciples found his teaching too hard to grasp. They were not ready to absorb His words and were not willing to learn from the Lord of truth. They could not trust his words and in verse 60, “many of them deserted Him.” Then He asked the twelve, “Will you also go away?” Peter answered, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we believe that you are that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Perplexity sometimes causes many to leave the Lord. Perhaps, unconsciously, they begin to skip worship; they miss prayer meetings and lose power in prayer or even refuse counseling. They allow a spirit of rebellion rule over them.
However, is that what we will offer the Lord after all that He has done for us? Are we going to desert him too?
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul wrote about a thorn in his flesh. He prayed to the Lord three times to take it away but the Lord responded, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (v.9).
Paul did not elaborate exactly what the thorn he was talking about but whatever it was, it did not cause Paul to waver in faith. Rather, it became an opportunity for him to glorify God in his body.
He might not have been restored the way God has restored Job but both of them have held on God’s grace to see them through their moment of test.
May the Spirit of God grant us peace and understanding so that like Job and Paul, we may glorify God at all times.
Trinity Sunday sermon by Rev Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro United Methodist Church