Even still when I behold a baptism it renews something in me, I’ve once read a text that saids “There is joy in heaven over one sinner that repents”. And another “Baptism is a most solemn renunciation of the world. Those who are baptized in the threefold name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, at the very entrance of their Christian life declare publicly that they have forsaken the service of Satan and have become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King”. A new brother has been added to the body of Christ and his journey just as yours and mine are happing now, are our lives still pressing forward and growing day by day in the light of truth and grace? Are we still striving for perfection and allowing God to make those changes in us? In our human effort we are weak, but in Christ and by Christ we are strong
God's timing is perfect. It's only our understanding of that timing that is flawed. One of the biggest lessons I've learned over the last year is that every situation is an opportunity to grow closer to God. In good times we thank Him for our blessings and build on the foundations of our faith. In the bad times, we have the opportunity to lean on Him to sustain us. It's also in those bad times where the foundations of our faith are truly tested. I cannot say my foundations were always as strong as I would have liked them to be. But in realizing this and making changes in my life, something positive came out of what would have otherwise seemed like tragic and unexplainable.
I've wrote before about how it seems we instinctively seek comfort. Part of why I think we question God's timing or will in bad situations is we are upset the layer of comfort we relied on was taken away. That's what leads us to asking why did this have to happen instead of asking Him what we should be learning from it. There's always going to be tragedies, hurt and pain in life. We live in a broken world. But what we have to be intentional about is seeing how God is still at work in these times. Focusing too much on the circumstances themselves or the timing keeps us from seeing what God wants to teach us or even from simply feeling His presence with us. I'm not saying to not grieve or feel hurt but I am saying God is there and with you. Don't run from Him.
It doesn't come easy accepting the timing of events in our life or thanking God for the bad situations we faced. I've experienced gut wrenching pain that's literally brought me to my knees. But I also came out of all those situations stronger and that's because of Him, not me. It's a hard prayer to pray but I pray that God continues to put me into situations to mold me into the person He wants me to be. I may not understand the timing or why behind what's happening to me but I know He's answering that prayer.
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.