I’m not sure if that’s the title of Andy Stanley’s One Prayer sermon, but it is the essence of it. I really enjoyed his message. He spoke on the last supper between Jesus and his disciples, and talked about how if you had asked the disciples when was the darkest hours of their lives, they would have answered with the last supper and moving forward to Jesus’ death. At that point, their faith in Jesus seemed pointless, their lives seemed wasted.
The whole Bible is story after story in which people faced trials of many kinds. That is our story. That is the way of the Christian life. Life will not be easy for us. We will face trials. Andy talked about how in the midst of uncertainty, God is still certain. We tend to equate God with prosperity and wealth and moving forward in life and success, but God does the greatest works in our lives during our darkest hours, during those moments when we fell our faith has failed us, during those moments when we can’t see him. Will we maintain our faith when we can’t see his hand in our lives?
Andy’s message was very relevant for today. With the economy the way it is, with people losing their jobs, with all the other troubles going on right now… there is still hope in the midst of trial. Just because you are a believer doesn’t mean you won’t face these same trials and tribulations, but there is still hope. Why? Because God is still in control. I pray this message makes its way to your heart and mine.