There comes a time in the lives of all believers when things get dark, and they have to accept what is happening, even though they cannot make sense out of it. It is at such times that we need strong faith, but it is also at such times that our faith is challenged.
It is easy to have faith when things are going well in our life. However, when a crisis arises we discover what kind of faith we truly have. By faith, I mean trust in God’s providential care.
Unfortunately, there are people who believe that if God truly loves them, if God really cares or them, then no storms would ever hit them. Life should be smooth sailing! So, when a storm arises, they experience a crisis of faith, thinking, where is God in all of this?
At the Last Supper the apostles were tossed into turmoil when Jesus spoke to them about his death. Their hearts were troubled and their faith was severely tested. Knowing this, Jesus spoke gentle words to them, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God, have faith also in me.”
Jesus assured his apostles that he was not abandoning them. Rather, he made a promise to them that he was going to prepare a room for them in the Father’s House, and that he would come back and take them home. Jesus wanted them to know that no matter how difficult life would be, they could be assured that, as long as they held on to their faith, that they would trust him, the promise would be fulfilled.
Yes, embracing life with faith, trusting God, is much easier said than done. What real faith does is assure us that God is always with us even in the midst of the trials of life. And no one is exempt from trials in life!
Life does not make sense at times. Life without God is not bearable and that is why faith is so crucial. Those who have faith have a rich source of comfort, strength, and hope, especially when a crisis arises. They know that God is present, that God cares for them, and that God will see them through the time of trial. The bottom line is, it is not we who keep the faith; it is the faith that keeps us!
Gandhi once said, “A person with a grain of faith never loses hope, because that one believes in the ultimate triumph of truth.”
The Good News is, when trials arise, hear the gentle words of the Lord Jesus, “Have faith in God, have faith in me!”
— Father Dennis, May 14, 2017