Is Your Hope In God Or Church?
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
Today I was reminded of all the times people in my life have failed me. Whether they let me down, or hurt me intentionally or unintentionally. Being hurt by others is the worst. Over the years I have lost many friends and gained others. Seasons change and people change. Growing up as a Pastors daughter, I have seen first hand how unreliable and hurtful others can be. It makes me think of how people lose their faith because they were hurt by their church. Why are there so many people leaving the church? Why are so many people hurting others? Because we’re a fallen world. People fail all the time! Even I have failed others expectations. The Bible says,
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
We aren’t made to fulfill each other. Especially in marriage. So why do we put so much hope, trust, and faith in people? Other people shouldn’t have that kind of pressure. Our hope, trust, and faith should be in God and God alone. Your husband won’t fulfill you, your boyfriend, girlfriend, friends, family, job, dreams, and church won’t fulfill you. It will all fall short and that void inside can and will only be filled by the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
When I got married and became a mom a year later, I was reminded of this. I had many friends that I loved dearly. I never thought they would leave my life. As I would sit around the dinner table with all these people I thought about how one day I would have kids and all of our kids would play together and become besties too. I thought about how our church would be my church forever and my kids would be raised going there. We closed our ministry. My family church. But I know God has a purpose for it all and even though it was very hard for me, and my parents, we know God is leading us. When things change, we need to evaluate and ask ourselves; is our foundation in our ideas, and what we think our futures will be or is our foundation in Jesus Christ?
1 Corinthians 3:11
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Maybe my foundation wasn’t fully Jesus. Because I really do not do well with change, so when I lost friends and things in my life really shifted (especially in 2019-2020), I had a super hard time. We also need to remember that God works in seasons. And things don’t stay the same forever. Literally the only thing that stays true and never ever changes is God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever the Bible says. There’s nothing we can put our full faith and confidence in because our faith should be in Christ and Christ alone. I will not get into details on all the changes that have happened over the last year and everything, but just know that it was a hard last couple years for us. Even with our church closing and a lot of other shifts, I firmly believe that God works things together for GOOD and I can trust His plan for my life. No matter what comes our way, Jesus is my foundation, my Rock, and I will not be shaken. Put your trust in Him! Not man. But also, do not forsake the church. Church is meant for you to go and be sharpened, and to worship the Lord in unity with brothers and sisters in Christ. I love church, but my hope and faith isn’t in people or church. It’s in God and it will always be. I hope this encouraged you today. Have you been hurt by the church? Have you been hurt by others? I want to pray for you. Please message me! You don’t have to walk alone.
Written by Olivia Mancini