The MessageBy PASTOR LUIS CARTAGENA,
Many times we believe that God has pointed out a path to us, but reality has caused us to feel we have misinterpreted the divine message because we have done things that He does not want. This can happen to anyone, including those who lead a spiritual life submerged in faith within the church because a deep meditation and a full communion with our Lord does not free us from the difficulties presented daily by a haughty and proud world.
To those who have been entrusted with the task of making known the Word of God, it is common to find ourselves in contact with hard-headed and hard-hearted people. “The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the Lord being strong upon me.” (Ezekiel 3:14 ESV) Nevertheless, the Lord warns his disciples: “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27 ESV)
So we must not fear the darkness. It is imperative to always have the best of spirits in the midst of darkness because suffering testifies of our faith and our strength to those who oppose the Gospel and do not believe in Christ. We know that Christ has promised us a reward because from our lips has come a language of love and faith as an expression of our discipleship.
In the midst of our discipleship there will always be two sides with which we live, so that darkness is also light because it helps us to strengthen our character and educates our faith. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith — more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:3-7 ESV)
The presence of God in our lives is expressed when we speak and boldly spread His message, no matter what the circumstances. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12 ESV)
May God bless you.