Some people say Christianity doesn’t work because it doesn’t eliminate life’s problems. It doesn’t guarantee an easy life, or that we’ll always get what we want. It’s not like rubbing a genie bottle. It’s not like taking a magic pill. Instead, sometimes being a believer means that God will take us places we never had any intention of going. It means that sometimes being a disciple hurts—just like it hurt Christ. In John 15:20, Jesus said, “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.”‘
Since these things are true, some people ask, “How can you keep believing in the face of evil, persecution, heartbreak, disappointment, and crushed dreams? How can you continue to trust Christ and believe God exists when the circumstances are sometimes so contrary?”
We can, because that is what faith does. It believes. In spite of what we can’t see. In spite of what we don’t understand. Faith always bends its knee to the God who made everything and knows everything. And, faith remembers that this is not heaven, that this current life is a dot on the timeline of eternity. And faith is confident that in time, God will make all things right. Maybe not this moment, maybe not next week, and maybe not next year. But when Christ returns, justice will be served, every wrong will receive its recompense, everything will be made beautiful, and everything will be made new. That’s how we can keep believing.
Will you choose to believe today in spite of your circumstances?