“When you are looking for a way to get out, you can find just about any excuse you want. When you are committed, you will not let wild horses pull you away from your Lord.” – Willie George, Church on the Move
The more tragedy I see in this life, the more I realize just how true that statement is.
I have seen many loved ones face great tragedy. Each one of them grieves deeply in their own way. Grief is more than acceptable. It is expected. It is good.
But every person who faces tragedy has a choice to make.
Will you turn to God, or turn away from Him?
When you miss your loved one so much that you cannot bear another moment on this earth without them. When you ask “Why?” – Why me? Why him? Why now? When you question the love of God. When you get mad at Him for not coming through. You prayed and prayed and your prayer wasn’t answered the way you wanted.
What will you do then?
Will you believe that the Lord truly is sovereign, loving, just, and wise? Will you point others to Him in the midst of your grief? Or will you become bitter and angry? I have seen both scenarios. I have been in awe of faith and disappointed in bitterness. I have seen some draw closer to the Lord, praising Him in the storm, while others pulled away, blaming Him for their heartache.
And yet, sometimes it doesn’t even take great tragedy for believers to run from God. Willie George mentioned in a sermon recently that when he was a new believer, his brother caught their pastor’s son making out with a woman other than his wife. Something like that can cause believers who have not built their foundation on the Word of God to run. They are just looking for an excuse to get out. Some reason to be bitter and call out the hypocrisy in the church.
The key to choosing to praise Him, whether you have faced great tragedy, or merely been disappointed by a believer, is your foundation. It isn’t about listening to your pastor. He cannot live your spiritual life for you. It isn’t about setting other believers on a pedestal. They are human as well. It is about digging deep. Setting up your foundation on a trustworthy, holy God. Listening to His Word and obeying.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Matthew 7
“And great was its fall…”