Every year we see the same story repeating itself in tournaments all over the world. It’s as predictable as every season of How I met Your Mother. A team starts off with a fairly good starting team, they manage to beat the best in the business, they have everyone talking… And then… Injuries! They lose key players, momentum and eventually confidence. The problem is DEPTH, they had no players to fall back on when the unexpected happened. Like every sport team needs to build depth to survive “when injuries happen”, we need to build spiritual depth for “when life happens” The problem is that we create a certain image in our minds as to who God is, and how He operates. We tend to live with a certain image of how life would be like if we are children of God. Our depth is tested when something happens that does not fit into our picture of who God is. We grow up hearing God is Good… God is Good… God is Good… And then something happens, and it does not seem as if God is that good.
In Psalm 73 Asaph tells the story of how this happened to him, and his depth was tested. Asaph doubted, challenged and struggled with God and he prevailed and grew stronger in his faith. But I have seen many Christians destroy their lives because they had nothing to fall back on when “life happened”. Many Christians live with a fairy tale picture of their walk with Christ, free of pain, disappointment, fear and they blame God for every bad thing that happens. These Christians have as much depth as the lyrics of a Britney Spears song.
So what do we have to fall back on when life happens? What reserves do we have that gives us depth as we go through life?
1. God is… With You.
In Ps 139: 7-10 David states that there is nowhere we can go that God will foresake us, no He is with us every step of the way. He knows your pain, your anger, your frustrations your everything. You and I can enter in God’s presence at anytime, we don’t have to qualify or say the right things, we can just be. When life happens, tell God what your feeling, even it means telling Him you are angry at Him… He can handle it. The turning point in Asaph’s story came with the following statement.
Psa 73:17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
2. God is… Big. Here is the difficult part, because the fact is that we will not always understand why certain things happen. Our human minds can’t fathom the greatness of God and His will. He is still God and He is greater and bigger than we could ever imagine. We must get to a point where we try to figure everything out, and let God do what He does best… Make everything work together for your good.
Isa 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isa 55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
3. God is… Faithful. God’s word is full of promises for you and I. The word of God and these promises gives us depth. But, we can only see the promises of God as a strength when we actually know them! We need to spend time in the word, hold on to God’s promises and know He is faithful. He is even faithful when we are not faithful.
2Ti 2:13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
When life happens, let us spend time with God, hold on to His promises and rest in the fact the He is who says He is, and He will do everything He has promised. Lets build depth so that we don’t loose faith but that we can be content in every situation.