*A reflection from the book The Natural Development of Faith: A Personal Adventure With Jesus
By Jean David Larochelle
“There are some noxious beliefs, like: ‘If you are sick, it is because you don’t have faith,’ or ‘If you suffer poverty, you have not taken hold of the riches of the King.’ None of this could be further from the truth of the Word of God. Faith from God’s perspective is not an insurance policy . . .
To be a Christian does not exempt us from pain, crisis, illness, or loss, even to the point of death. The Christian life is not a life of extraterrestrials. Our world is a real one in which everything exists. We do not fool people with a superficial gospel or Savior. We offer a good, solid message, not a temporary and mental drug. We offer ‘the whole will of God.’ (Acts 20:27)
Right now if you are passing through difficulty or everything is stacked against you, if you are at the point of losing hope because of a difficult or painful circumstance (because such moments will come as a part of life), I encourage you to see those difficult circumstances, if that’s what you are experiencing, as opportunities to take a step forward in your faith. In general, difficult times do not come by chance or without purpose. They are to grow and mature us in our faith. That’s why, when everything seems lost and everyone abandons us, we are always left with Christ. There are moments when every bit of hope is exhausted and you feel helpless to carry on, powerless to keep fighting, powerless to keep moving forward. When you look to the heavens in search of relief from loneliness, rejection and abandonment. When all you want to do is cry. When you keep fighting but see that the odds are not in your favor. Know that God is with you and will reward perseverance and faithfulness. Faith develops when circumstances are not in our favor.” (Larochelle, pg. 15-16, 33-34)