Why Wouldn't He?
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
Do you ever feel like you just don’t have what you need to endure in your faith?
There are days when Darnell just doesn’t feel like he could go on. The struggles of life just aren’t getting better. He’s putting everything into it, but it’s not getting any better. He prays, but God doesn’t seem to answer. Even though it’s hard to squeeze it in, he still gets to church most weeks. Though, he’s not sure he feels anything when he’s there. Every now and then he even finds himself wondering, do I still believe?
Have you ever felt like giving up?
Satan loves to attack Christians and he does it in a variety of ways.
- Temptation to sin – Why should I follow God’s Commands when I like this?
- Sudden painful hardship – Why would God do this to me?
- Prosperity – Why do I need God if I have everything I want?
- Dead Religion – I’m doing what I’m supposed to do for God, why don’t I feel anything?
- Prolonged hardship in life – Why doesn’t God listen and help?
God will give you the strength to endure.
When we are tempted:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
When we feel pain or grief:
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.” – Psalm 145:15-16
And I’m reminded of the parable of rich fool (Luke 12:16–21).
When we’re just going through the religious motions:
“For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” – Psalm 51:16-17
In prolonged hardship:
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
When you start to feel like your losing your faith or you just can’t endure, ask God for help. He will give it. He will give you strength. He will revive your soul.
He gave you your faith, why wouldn’t He give you the strength to endure?
That’s what our passage in Romans 8 is all about. Not only does God give us faith and save us by His grace, but He graciously gives us all things we need for salvation, including the strength to endure to the end.
Give me strength. There are times when I feel like giving up. There are times when I feel tempted away. There are times when I feel numb. In all these and at all times, be with me. Strengthen my faith that I may endure until that time You bring me to be with You and are joined with all the saints who have gone before me.
In Christ’s Service,