East Martin CRC
Pick Me Up!
Verse 14 The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
We closed our time together yesterday talking about the Lord’s faithfulness and today we see some of the ways He cares for us with His faithfulness.
One of the ways that modern Christianity fails is in its teaching claiming that to be a Christian means never having to face unwelcome issues in life. The truth is that as long as we are in this earthly life there will be pains and trials, the difference is that as Christians we have someone that will help us. The trials in our life are not any less painful than those that unbelievers face but we don’t face them alone.
No matter what comes our way we have the assurance that as His beloved children He will give us what we need. He knows us better than any other person and that is why He knows just what it is that we need. Not just for the moment but what is best for us in the long run. Sometimes what is best for us is the thing that we don’t want because it isn’t enjoyable.
When we are in the midst of the pain we can easily lose sight of the bigger picture. But the Lord never loses His overall vision and has a plan even in the trials of life. In fact the issues that arise in life bring us the needed lessons to grow in the most important ways. We learn how to draw closer to God when we turn to Him in the midst of trials.
Paul understood this and told the Romans, “…because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3b-4) Trials are what help us strengthen our faith muscles but look what those faith muscles lead to, hope. This isn’t just any hope, this is the hope of salvation. This is what His upholding us will feel like and it should bring us to full worship.
When we are in a place of pure worship we will find ourselves exalting Him. We come to see Him more clearly and therefore see the truth of ourselves which should lead us to fall before Him in repentance and humility. When we come to this point of worship of the Lord we will be lifted up. Not lifted to be worshiped ourselves but lifted in His presence in a way that we miss when we fail to exalt Him.
Making It Personal
When have you felt the Lord uphold you during a trial? How have you grown spiritually through enduring trials? Does your worship bring you to repentance?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you feel like Jesus is close to you when things seem bad in your life? How can you learn more about Jesus in those times? Does knowing how sinless Jesus is make you want to tell Him you are sorry about your sins?
Father, there is no one like You. While trials are not a favorite part of life we praise You that You allow them to help us grow to be more like You. Father, please help us see the truth of ourselves in comparison with You so that we can fully repent and come to a place of pure worship. In Jesus’ name, amen.