I’m sure you’ve all seen the State Farm commercial titled “Never“. You know, the one where the guy starts by saying, “I’m never getting married” and the next scene is him buying an engagement ring for his future wife. Then the commercial goes on through a list of different things that he says he isn’t going to do, but it ends up happening. Well, I think about that with our Christian walk.
Not in the sense that we say we are never going to do something specifically, but in the sense that life, or should I say Satan, is good at throwing curveballs. He likes to get his hands in there and really twist things up for us. Whatever way he can trip us up or slow us down in our walk with Christ, he will do.
Over the years, I have learned that life really doesn’t go how we plan it. There will always be some new event that changes things, whether it be an illness of ourselves or a close family member, loss of a job, or any other thing that really affects us.
But from all this, there is one thing I have taken from it; even though there are extremely difficult times, as long as we keep our focus on God and pursue His will, things will work out. Just like in the commercial. This guy says he’s never going to do all this stuff, but ends up doing it all. And in the end he appears to be the happiest father and husband.
It’s the same way with us as Christians. Although unexpected things occur, Paul teaches that “all things work together for good to those who love God.” (Romans 8:28; NKJV) He doesn’t write that good things work together, but all things, that includes good and bad and everything in between.
Peter also writes about this in his epistle saying,
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. (1 Peter 1:6–9; NKJV)
According to Peter, these “various trials,” or curveballs, in our lives allow us to let our genuine faith shine forth. It is a time to put our complete trust in God and for God to see that we are willing to do so. Times like these are when true Christians demonstrate a true faith by standing firm in the faith and not falling away.
So when life throws you a curveball, do you stand firm in the faith or are you letting Satan hinder your walk with God?