Have you ever found yourself at that point where you’re lost for words? You’ve tried everything, you’ve done everything you can, and things still turn out bad?

What should we do when we come to that place? Here are some meditations.

1) Move to the centre.

When we can’t explain it and we can’t make sense of it, that’s the time to move to the core of our faith. It’s easy to be distracted by the peripherals when things are going well, but when we’re struggling, we hardly notice that stuff. The stuff we need to remember is the basic stuff: The nature of God, the nature of man, the man Christ Jesus, the cross, the resurrection, our coming glorification, etc. It is here at the centre that our faith is tested and found hollow or demonstrated to be genuine.

2) Rejoice in God.

In times of sadness and uncertainty, all our other sources of strength and joy fall away and we’re left with our faithful God. It is a powerful testimony to his beauty that at that point, we often find our greatest joy—and we find it in God himself.

3) Ask for faith.

This beauty of God is not visible to everyone. Only God can open our eyes to this beauty and give us joy in seeing it. At times of brokenness, sometimes we can only beg God for eyes to see and faith to believe.

4) Connect to others.

We’re not meant to go it alone. Ask God for others to share the burden and if he provides the opportunity, connect with them. There is more benefit in ten minutes of real connection over spiritual matters than in hours of surface chatter.

That point when we’re lost for words is the very time that we’re ready to listen to God speaking.

For a little while, if necessary, you have been 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 honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Grace to you.


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About Jason Harris

Dr Jason Harris is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has a PhD from James Cook University as well as degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. Jason has lived in Cairns, Australia since 2007 and serves as pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@jasonharris.com.au.

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  1. Kez 21 February, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for this post, Jason. It was encouraging to me… =)

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