Written By: Kylie Jacobs
Right now I am going through a test. I know that I am going through this test because God is trying to see if I will abandon him or if I will stay faithful. God is taking me on a journey I cannot see and honestly…it’s scary. I look at the news and wonder what has our world come to? There is so much pain and suffering it brings me pain. I look at those people who are going through unspeakable things, wondering if they believe in God, and if they do, if they are going to abandon him now. The truth is the world hurts. Jesus says in John chapter 17 that we are not of this world that the pain we suffer daily is not what God intended for us. John 17:16 “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” Jesus came down to a world that he KNEW would make him go through excruciating pain, physically and mentally. A world that he KNEW he didn’t belong to. Through all the pain and suffering he did not abandon us, so why should we abandon him? Because he’s the Messiah? So what it was easier for him to ignore temptation? No. That is not true but when Jesus came down from Heaven he was a man, a human being, just like you and I. He suffered, loved, cried, and most importantly he was brave enough to go through with the crucifixion. I can almost hear those solders voices scream at him, “If you’re the Messiah then just come down from there!” “PROVE you are who you say you are!” Well he certainly did didn’t he? When he rose again promising to come back and never abandon us.
I want to be able to tell Jesus the same thing. I will not abandon you Lord. I want to stop in the middle of the pain, and say “Jesus, I am faithful to you.” Because the enemy is what brings our pain, suffering is caused by our sin. So why are you blaming God? It has nothing to do with him. If anyone understands what you are going through it is Jesus. He was tempted for 40 days in the desert.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Jesus could have thrown in the towel right then and there. But he didn’t because he was faithful to God even through the pain, the hunger, and the temptation.
Every day I strive to be like Jesus. I know it is impossible to be a perfect being. That is not what I am saying. I am saying I want people to look at me and not see Kylie, I want people to look at me and see Jesus, through my everyday life, through the choices I make, through my character. So I will not abandon my God, my father, in the trial, in the test. I don’t know why I am being tested, I don’t know what will come out of it. All I know is that something IS going to happen. I will have to wait and see what that is. Have FAITH that it will be for the better. God has a plan for each and every one of you.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” You may not be able to see what that plan is right now, but he has the greatest intentions for you. Do not abandon God, do not let this world destroy what God is creating for you. Strive to be like Jesus, don’t give up right in the middle of the trial. If the enemy is tempting you tell him to be gone! He has no power over you. If you need prayer head on over to our prayer wall and submit a prayer request, we have a whole team of people praying for you. Love you Guys!;)