Brothers and Sisters,
Are you in the middle of hard times? Do you wonder when God will act on your behalf? Has God asked you to put away things that you love, and take up things you don’t? Have you lost your sure path, and wander now in the wilderness, only able to say, “Your will be done?” Barely able to pray, are you exhausted with weeping, and lonely beyond words?
For you, I share a word. This word is short, but powerful to the pulling down of Satan’s strongholds. This word is three letters long. It is seldom thought of, and seldom used. It is a word fallen out of favor in the English language.
We are to be people of the Word of God. And this is one word that we would do well to add to our arsenal of weapons against the enemy and his schemes.
“Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
YET I will rejoice in the Lord
I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
Habakkuk 3: 17,18
“Though He slay me,
YET will I hope in Him.”
The word YET is strong and powerful. It is a declaration.
When all else fails, YET will I have faith and hope in the Lord. If the world falls apart around me, YET will I love God and serve Him. If my friends and family forsake me, YET will I have my Savior. Though my money is gone, and I am hungry and afraid, YET will I declare the praises of my God. Though my job disappears, and there is no car in the garage, YET will I hold onto Jesus Christ and His Word. Even when people stand against me, and abuse me, and watch for my failure with great expectation, YET will I not despair, but stand firm in my faith.
When those I have counted on for care and mercy are pitiless and hardened. When my enemies triumph over me, sing songs over me, count me out of the race. When the worst thing happens, and the best thing is a distant memory. When the earthquake destroys, and the tsunami rolls in. When the foundations of the earth are shaken, and my greatest efforts produce nothing. When evil prevails around me, and sin dominates the society I live in. When my heart is pounding in fear, and my lungs cannot breathe, and my legs will not move with terror.
YET WILL I! YET WILL I! YET WILL I!
The worst happens, YET God is God, and He will not forget me or forsake me.
Oh, storm-tossed children of God, may we know the power of this little, three-letter word that contains the seed of a thousand spiritual hydrogen bombs.
Though (whatever happens!) , YET will I trust in the Lord.
Christ died, YET He was resurrected in power. So shall we be with Him, if we hold to the same love and faith handed down to us.
YET WILL I HOPE IN HIM.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope…” Romans 15:4,5
Life in this world is hard for followers of Jesus. It is a narrow path, entered by the narrow gate, Jesus Himself. And the path is alive with dangers, difficulty and joys in the middle of it all. Those who really want to live for Christ must do it completely in His strength, and be willing to give up everything for His sake.
Today I call you to this life. Are you willing to leave the cushioned, comfortable life of the wealthy churches and embark on the Spirit-led and Spirit-empowered life on the heights with our Lord? Are you willing to try? Because God will enable you.
He will take your feeble knees and weak arms and make you into a mighty Lover and Warrior in His Kingdom. He takes the weak and the insignificant, the poor and the foolish things of this world and shames the wise and powerful with His transformation of them. He loves those who He calls, and He will give them the Kingdom of God, as He promised.
I should know. He is taking this guy from frustrated religious Christian, full of fear, anger and doubt, to committed disciple. Christ is taking me on the narrow road trip with Him. If He\’ll take me, He\’ll take anyone who wants Him. Believe me.
Your brother, A. Brother
The Narrow Gate