A One-on-One Relationship
Preface: The Jerusalem temple was the apex of worship; the center of ethnic and religious identity. It was where the Lord said He would dwell and rule in the midst of Israel. It was where the follower of YHWH found cleansing, forgiveness, grace, and reconciliation. And yet, even amid its destruction, the Lord promised that the nation would be restored, the temple rebuilt, and Israel given another chance to fulfill her prophetic destiny.
By enduring hardship and pain, we as Christians are drawn closer to Christ. Hannah was ridiculed and ostracized in her community because of her barrenness. God was preparing her, however, for a greater role in history. So it is in our lives. God is allowing us to go through certain trials and tribulations so we will learn the importance of depending on and communicating with God.
Through these painful, discouraging moments in our lives, we cling to Christ and ask for His intervention. We begin to cling to the promises in His Word and try to apply them to our lives. During these agonizing moments, the foundation of a relationship is being built with Christ. At first we don’t realize that we are now depending more on Christ and not ourselves. Nevertheless, as time passes, one is able to reflect and see how the threads of this relationship were woven.
We can truly appreciate God’s goodness only when we have been lifted from the pit of despair. We must be like Mary and Hannah and praise God before, during, and after our trials. With this attitude of worship, we recognize that God has a plan and that everything is working out for His good.
“Prayer is the answer to every problem in life. It puts us in tune with divine wisdom which knows how to adjust everything perfectly. So often we do not pray in certain situations because from our standpoint the outlook is hopeless. But nothing is impossible with God. Nothing is so entangled that it cannot be remedied. No human relationship is too strained for God to bring about reconciliation and understanding. No habit is so deeply rooted that it cannot be healed. No mind is so dull that it cannot be made brilliant. Whatever we need or desire, if we trust God, He will supply it. If anything is causing worry or anxiety, let us stop rehearsing the difficulty and trust God for healing, love and power.”*
Identify a situation that caused you to question God and His judgment, which turned out to be a blessing.
* Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, October 7, 1865, emphasis supplied.