If you have never been tempted to abandon your faith in Jesus, or jump ship into atheism or agnosticism, I’ll say congratulations. You are a rare breed.
Sermons upon sermons tend to sell Jesus well. Following Jesus gives us a master key that keeps us in excellent health, terrific joy; until the bubble bursts. You don’t follow Him you suffer. Really?
Then, you look around and discover all “blessings” you have by faith and grace, are also shared by people who don’t share your faith, or have any at all. Worse, you realise that all the trials and difficulties you face as your “wilderness experience” are faced by believers and non-believers alike.
Discouragement starts rushing in, you begin to think “maybe I have been deceived”. At this point, it seems the atheist is better. He/she doesn’t believe in the existence of God and is exempted from feeling disappointment with a non-existent being.
It is a depressing thought, when a believer seats without any wind in his sails, and sighs “it is all one; God does not discriminate but destroys the blameless and the wicked”
“If it is not God, who then is responsible for all this inequality?”
What do you do when you see righteous people faring as though they were wicked, and wicked people faring as though they were righteous.
Do you abandon faith?
No. Consider an alternative.
Step out from the crowd and decide to know the Lord you have chosen to believe in. Your concerns have been posed in the books of the bible. Have you read psalms, Job or Ecclesiastes? You may find yourself in sync with the prophets, kings and prophets of old, who called out God.The whole works.
In Romans 15:4(AMP), we read:
“For whatever things was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope”
And if your faith is drained, and your hope spent; draw the words of 1 Corinthians 13:13 in, meditate and let the breath of Jesus enclose you in love:
“And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine thing; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us] these three, but the greatest of these is love.”
Allow your love for God shine through when your knowledge of what you thought of God diminishes and fails.
This is where being a Jesus freak trumps non-belief or atheism: Love. Jesus himself said it is love that makes us God’s children, for God himself is kind to the “unthankful and evil”.