Throughout the bible you can find scripture that refers to our walk with Christ. In Galatians it says if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the spirit. II Corinthians says for we walk by faith, not by sight. I Thessalonians says that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
As I was meditating on this, it came to me that nowhere in the bible have I read that as Christians we should just sit around waiting to go to heaven. We all have a calling or purpose on earth that will take us on our spiritual walk or journey. I believe our spiritual journey for Jesus Christ begins on the day we are saved and continues throughout our life on earth. I believe this journey leads us through good times and we are on the mountain tops but it also can lead us through bad times when we are down in the valleys.
Our journey through the good times are easy. We feel on top of the world and everything seems to be working in our favor. We don’t need much encouragement to follow Jesus during these times, as life is good and things are easy. We rejoice and thank God for these times. We go to church and it’s easy to worship God, we lift our hands during praise and worship and maybe even shout. We feel ten feet tall and bullet proof during these times. We walk with our head high and have a little pep in our step.
Our journey through the bad times are not as easy. When we are down in the valleys it can get dark and the storms roll in. This is when we need Jesus to light the way but a lot of the times this is when we turn away from him. We become angry and bitter that God would allow these things to happen to us and we began to question our faith. We no longer spend time in prayer or go to church. We don’t want to talk about or to God during this time. Why is it when we need God most, we walk away?
The bible says take up your cross and follow me. If Jesus’s cross wasn’t easy for him, why do we assume our cross will be easy for us? Do we, not prepare new Christians for this? Do we focus too much on the good stuff instead of preparing them for the true road ahead? Do we not prepare them for the struggles and the attacks from Satan?
As a Christian we need to know that there will be pain and hard times but God is not forsaking you. During these times we need to cling to him, not question his existence. We will never know all the answers to why things happen in our lives, we just have to trust in Jesus. We have to remember our reward is in heaven, not on earth and that Satan will continue to attach us until the day we die. We may struggle through these times but this is when we need to cry out to God for help. In II Corinthians 4:8 it says “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed, we are perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” God didn’t write this scripture because life would be easy but to remind us that even during our hardest times that Satan cannot win if we stand with God.
So, enjoy those good times in your spiritual walk with God but know that Satan will attack you and you will go through valleys. I believe it is during our valleys that we can gain most of our strength and power from God. It may hurt and you may feel like you are not going to survive but God will pull you through, if you lean on him. If we can praise him in the bad times and cling to him for shelter, I believe we would see enormous spiritual growth during these times. The valleys are what make the mountain tops so great. No matter where you are today in your spiritual walk know that Jesus is with you and he will not forsake you.
Thank you for reading this and I hope you all have a great day in Jesus Christ!
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