It’s incredible to look back over our lives and see the Lord at work. I feel that way now. I’m looking back over my life in general, including the struggles I’ve been through and the ways in which the Lord has shaped me from the very beginning of my life. It’s really incredible. I’m looking back over my three years of KindlingTruth, the things I have learned, and what this all seems to be leading up to, and that’s equally incredible.
All things, both in my personal life and in KindlingTruth are converging into one central theme, and I am very excited to see what the next year will bring! I don’t feel so much like I’m groping in the dark anymore. We know that all things are working together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes. We know that this world and the life we live is meant to raise us up in the things of God.
Having some understanding of this in my own life and starting to see what it’s all about brings much peace because of the strengthening of faith associated with this understanding. I can see how this article might seem as a bit of self-praise or “virtue signaling,” which is a term I learned from someone else, but I really like. It’s not about that. This is about giving glory to God while offering some encouragement without being hindered by fear of what people will assume about my intentions. Let the assumers assume and the accusers accuse. The Lord will search our hearts and handle it.
As mentioned in the past, one of the things I’ve hoped to do with KindlingTruth is be transparent about struggles I have as a Christian, and it’s nice to be able to write something with the tone of being triumphant in the Lord instead of struggling!
Learning to trust the Lord and put the things of the kingdom of God above all—or at least striving in these things—is very helpful to us in this life as Christians. I hope any who loves the Lord and reads this will be encouraged to do the same. There are many difficulties we endure, but that is how we grow. If we get back up, keep placing our focus on Jesus and seek to know him and live according to his teachings, we cannot help but grow.
As we grow in the things of God, our faith grows. As we continue “from faith to faith,” we have greater ability to perceive and understand how the Lord working in our lives and we learn to trust Him. Trust in the Lord brings us the peace we need in order to endure greater and greater challenges with patience, and with greater challenges comes greater growth in the things of God.
I’m in no way perfect in faith, peace, and patience. I might feel as if some things are coming together, but this journey is far from over—at least I hope so. However, being able to say with all sincerity that I know we can grow in faith, and I know the Lord will bring us to that place of “peace that surpasses all understanding” is important. I’ve written this before too, and I don’t expect this tone to change: I cannot say the time of “Great Tribulation” or “end-times” will come during our time, but if it does, I know I want that peace—and if there is anything I can do to encourage that in someone else, I want to, no matter how small of an impact I might have.
Jesus is good, and the Lord is at work! Keep going and seeing, and you will find what your heart most desires. If your heart most desires the Lord and the things of the kingdom of heaven, you will get there. Stay true to Jesus and believe it!