This summer was by far a very trying time for me. After losing two best friends, I struggled with what real friendships look like. I was reminded time and time again through the Bible and through others that God gives us strength. After visiting my childhood friends, I was reminded that I have an amazing, caring, and authentic friend circle. I was reminded that God still cares about us even when we chase bad company. When we dull our iron blades with pieces of wood, our iron friends are still waiting for us.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.Proverbs 27:17
I also learned that when you ask for wisdom and a closer walk with Jesus, you will be given chances to show that wisdom. I was definitely given that chance. After a heartbreaking summer, I found myself freed of a manipulative and disrespectful friendship. Jesus, in turn, sent me two amazing girls that have helped me grow more and whom I’ve been given the opportunity to guide with insight. Both families are extremely rooted in God of the Bible and are strong in their faith, something that lacks terribly in our day.
My point in writing this post is to show that when you ask for His will and His plan while FULLY SURRENDERING yourself to His will, you will see Him working. It will hurt. However, just as gold needs to be on fire to be purged, so do we have to endure the heat of His presence when He purges us little by little. Our God is an all-consuming fire. The closer we get to Him, the more trials and perfecting are needed. My prayer now is: Let me not be Lukewarm. I praise the Lord for the deep unsatiable desire He has given me for authentic Christianity.
To add to this blessing, this summer, I grew in my faith after learning about the truth behind the rapture (there isn’t one) and the truth behind the organic church after reading Pagan Christianity. I highly recommend everyone to read whether or not you profess Jesus as your Saviour. After all, why put off tomorrow what you can do today?