Selwyn talks about how some people stop maturing in their faith. I like the reference to second child hood where people become “whiny and demanding and self-centred. This isn’t because they have entered second childhood but because they never left their first one.”
The point he makes today is what I think should be the anchor for us all in stormy times: “When we face the fact that life is difficult and painful, and accept our responsibility to meet it head on in the power and grace offered to us by Jesus Christ, then we find ourselcves growing rather than groaning.
We can’t go back (to the Garden of Eden). We can’t have heaven at the present time. Then what do we have now? We have the unimpeachable promise that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and no matter how difficult or tragic our circumstances, He will stay with us all the way. Our Lord, as our text tell us (Hebrews 2:18) has suffered here on this earth too. He knows what it is to live outside the garden.”
The above, especially the text in bold, is for me a very important aspect – we have the responsibility as mature Christians to manage our response to tragedy, by being prepared – and what I mean by that is that we take on board that Jesus is always with us, loves us and while He was on earth, suffered – He knows what it’s like to live here – He is not a God who is far away and is not able to understand the pain many face in their lives. Consequently, by having a trusting relationship with Jesus – we can survive any storm and the suffering that comes with it. Do you agree?