On Saturday I got a terrible message from one of my Facebook friends. In the message she told me of the tragic death of a wonderful lady and her grandson in a traffic accident. Most of you would not know this family but both generations who suffered loss in this accident were really great godly people who have been a great blessing to my life. In one moment a wonderful godly man and minister lost his wife and a nine-year-old grandson. Both of his sons who lost their mother are ministers. The eldest son’s wife is ordained as well and serves as the Women’s Ministries director for the Arkansas District and it was their son who was killed in the accident with his grandmother.
I refuse this early in their grief to try and make some sort of sense out of this. What I do ask that each of you who reads this blog would hold this family up in your prayers.
What I will point out to you is that even the very best and most choice of God’s people suffer.
I will however, draw some conclusions about what will happen to these people that will stand in sharp contrast to those who face these things without the Lord. These people will survive. How do I know this, because I know of their faith. These are not casual believers. They are not Christians in name only. They are the real deal. They have been tried before and while this is undoubtedly the greatest trial yet, they didn’t quit after the smaller trials. They have stored up in their hearts a faith that will hold them up now. It might be shaken but it will hold. The darkness that would overwhelm others will get deep but in the depth of the night when others are alone with their grief, this family will not be alone. They know a friend that sticks closer than a brother, (Proverbs 18:24) and the brother created for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17) They are in the fire, but there is a fourth man in the fire with them and he is the Son of God!
What about you? Would you survive? Would you indict God or continue to serve Him in the face of a thousand questions?
It’s about a real faith.