“pray without ceasing…” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV)
It’s a disturbing time. Unsettling. Russia has attacked Ukraine. This is serious stuff. Last evening our congregation had a call to prayer at 7:15 p.m. I know that many of you have been praying as well—and “without ceasing,” as Paul says.
My friend Winston Newman says that “Hardship is an opportunity to trust God.” When he originally said that we had been talking about personal hardship. When everything is coming up roses, trust is easy. In contrast, nothing gets you to your knees like personal pain and an out-of-options gasp for mercy.
But his statement is also true when there is hardship in the wider world. Like now.
Do we trust that God is both sovereign and good?
Do we trust that God acts through prayer?
Do we trust in his call to holy and loving servant-hood through thick or thin?
Do we trust his hope when wreckage seems to reign?
Do we trust that light actually overcomes darkness?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
“Hardship is an opportunity to trust God.” Like now.
–The Up Devotional is published 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) and returns on February 28, 2022.