Welcome again to this week's word for the week. This week I'm going to have a continuation of sorts from our Sunday message. With that in mind let's get straight to the point. One of the things we were talking about in the message was learning how to hold on to God even though you may find yourself in trials and tribulations. It is not the most easy thing to do but it is definitely possible.
One of the questions many of us have when we find ourselves in the midst of things that weigh heavy on us is what is going on. We ask that as well as why and what is the purpose of what it is we may be dealing with. There are times when God may show us everything, part of everything, a little of everything, or nothing at all. If you look back over your life you have found yourself in all of those scenarios. Here's the thing that is common no matter what you know or do not know. It does not necessarily change what you have going on. While it may bring you comfort to a certain degree, it does not change the circumstance.
All of that leads us to this point. Rather you know or do not know there is a question we must ask. What will it change about you regardless? By that I mean, if you knew the purpose how much would that really change you if what is going on does not change? Oftentimes we think if we just had an idea of what the purpose is that it will help in our faith. The truth is that does not change the circumstance. With that in mind the next question we will ask is how long will this last. These are not questions that have no point. These are questions that reflect our humanity. These are questions that we ask when we have no idea what God is up to.
You already know this is leading us somewhere so here we go. You and I can never change our circumstance on our own. If God shows us how then that's one thing. But if He does not show us then we're going to have to learn how to put those things in His hands. The thing you and I should do is begin to focus on the things we can change about ourselves. We may want things around us to change but if we're not prepared for the new things then the old nature will simply mess up a good thing. Deep down and at the end of the day that is is a place none of us wish to find ourselves.
Give me this last paragraph to drive home some food for thought. You wouldn't be reading this if there was not a part of you that wants all God has to offer. You would not continue to read this week after week unless there was something in it that is a blessing to you. In other words, there's already something deep inside of you that is hungry not only for answers but God. There's a side that wants to do right and like Paul said, we're trying to figure out how to do it. That inward desire doesn't originate within us on our own. It is a deposit that God has given us. My point is there is something in you that won't quit no matter what. With that in mind, what would happen if you would change your focus from the temporary things to things that are more eternal in nature? What would happen if you would truly realize no matter what it may look like God really does have it? Rather He answers or not, He is still right there with you. That by itself is more powerful than you may realize at times but if you can simply hold on there is a promise that He will never leave you.
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon