“We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.”
II Cor 1:12
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part,” wrote Paul in the first epistle to the Corinthians. He said that what he saw was nothing but a poor reflection of perfection itself.
I am often puzzled by what I see and often plagued by uncertainty and doubt. I have always found it daunting to overcome disbelief and doubt with faith.
What alternative do I have left? There are some obviously, but they don’t seem to be all that appealing, and the end result of taking their bait is most likely depression, alienation, and annihilation. Life doesn’t seem to be all that attractive if we take eternity out of the equation and the supernatural out of our imagination. I am not what I am if He is not who He is. If there is no God, I am merely a thinking beast, and even my thinking is absolutely futile, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
The philosophy of “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die” is indeed very depressing, and people who choose this route must be very courageous.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?” asked the Psalmist.
I guess I have been looking around for help from below far too long and have been immersed in worldly affairs and earthly pleasures and, as a result, I have lost all my spiritual energy and my spiritual insight has become dim. I am struggling to breath under a heavy burden of sadness caused by undesirable circumstances.
The problem is that I have been relying on worldly wisdom in dealing with various difficult situations and, by doing so, I am risking losing my integrity as a Christian.
Running away from God during trying time is never a good option. In fact, it’s the worst of all possible options. We plunge into utter darkness if we run away from the light. We will see glimpses of hope if we continue to walk in the light, for “with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”
Paul was obviously discouraged when he wrote the letter to the Corinthians, for the church he helped plant had turned out to be carnal in many ways. He would have given up hope had he operated on the principle of flesh and blood or on worldly wisdom at that moment. Under such difficult circumstances, he relied on the grace of God to get him through the adversity and was able to continue to work with the church with compassion and love.
“We live by faith, not by sight.”
We will become more and more despondent if we live by sight, because there are just too many disasters in this world that cause us to lose courage and hope. I don’t see any hope for us all if there is no God and no eternal life through Christ Jesus.