When Life Explodes — Part Three

How do we have faith when life explodes?

How do we accept a God who is ok with pain?

In When Life Explodes — Part One, I said that even in the hardest times, we can rest in God, who must do all.

In When Life Explodes — Part Two, I shared the startling truth that God is ok with pain, but I didn’t tell you what to do with that truth. I left you with a cruel cliffhanger. Apparently, I’m fine with a little pain as well.

Can we accept a God who is ok with pain?

Forgive me for being blunt, but it’s not our place to decide what can and cannot be accepted about God.

He is God and worthy of all our praise, trust, and devotion.

All God does is right and just. All God does is perfect. (More on that in my post When Life Explodes — Part One.)

It’s not a matter of can we accept a God that is ok with pain, but rather:

Can we be ok with pain in the same way God is ok with pain?

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When Life Explodes — Part Two

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When Life Explodes

 When life explodes, I rest in Christ, Who must do all. (See When Life Explodes — Part One.)

If I’m resting in Christ and have confident assurance that God is in control, how is it possible that I’m still battling fear? That’s what I asked God recently. I found the answer in the Gospel of John.

While Jesus lived on earth, we see that He lay, sat, walked, stood, rose, reclined, was asleep, and even fell on His face before God in prayer, but we never see Him curled up in a fetal position.

Jesus never displayed Fetal-Position Faith, which says, “not Your will, God, but mine be done! Please, oh please, oh please, oh please!”

Jesus displayed Face-Down Faith, which says, “Not My will, God, but Yours be done.” (Matthew 14:36)

Face-down faith is a selfless faith. It not only recognizes the sovereignty of God to control every situation, but it’s also fine with His choices.

Face-down faith acknowledges that God is God and can, therefore, do as He pleases. It never loses sight of His perfect character. It understands that God’s choices are the ones we’d make for ourselves, too, if we could see what He sees. [Read more…]