Our 52 Books Guest Author this week is Alisa Hope Wagner, who released her debut novel, Eve of Awakening, this last December. She’s a writer after my own heart because, as you’ll see, she writes of a future America torn by division and civil war. However, unlike most dystopians, she offers hope through God’s grace. Her message this week is also one of hope in the face of despair. Please enjoy hearing from this talented new author and, as always, be sure to support our guest authors. Links to purchase her book will be provided at the end of her message.
A Spirit of Faith in Despair
“Look, God is greater than we can understand. His years cannot be counted” (Job 36.26 NLT).
Job and Elihu finally have their face-off before the throne of God. Elihu is young, vigorous and filled with the understanding of God’s faithfulness. Elihu’s name means, “My God is YAWEH,” in Ancient Hebrew.
Job on the other hand is older, weary and filled with doubt and confusion about God’s faithfulness. Job’s name means, “Persecuted and hated,” in Ancient Hebrew.
Both these men represent a collision point in every Christian’s life. There will come time in our lives where we must choose to cling onto God’s faithfulness even when the bottom drops out of our world.
It is easy to claim faith when our health, finances, relationships, ministries are going well. But the real test is whether we cling onto His faithfulness when the trappings of this world persecute us with blows of mistreatment and lack.
Will we remain faithful to God even when the presence of all His good is hidden from us? Will we be shaken by our situation or remain rooted to the truth that “God is greater than we can understand”?
When our experience tells us the situation is hopeless, our steadfastness becomes worn-out and our lives are persecuted to the point of hatred, will we stand on the understanding that God’s faithfulness does not change with our circumstance? He is the same yesterday, today and forever; and His faithfulness never ends (Hebrews 13.8).
Can we claim Elihu’s spirit of faith in the middle of Job’s despair?
Every person struggles with maintaining Elihu’s faith when the season of difficulty seems as hopeless as Job’s time of hardship. However, we must look past our troubles to a God who is mighty to save (Zephaniah 3.17)! And just like Job, we can trust that though the pain may last the night, joy will come in the morning (Psalm 30.5).
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours” Isaiah 61.7 NIV)
Eve Pallue’s facade of purpose falters when a near death experience exposes the frailty of her existence, and she must come to grips with a reality that death ultimately wins. A hidden memory of a forgotten mother surfaces, and Eve’s bodyguard, Randall, takes advantage of her weakened state, trying to capture her devotion and lace her into his ambitious agenda. A dying therapist and her unlikely caretaker lead Eve on a journey of Truth; and a catastrophic fire catapults Eve into a life she has always feared, destroying the only one she has ever known. Eve awakens to severe burns and a pair of doting, elderly sisters who nurture Eve’s newfound faith and guide her on the path to eternal purpose.
Alisa is a wife and a homeschool mom who has trained as an MMA fighter but is better known as a Christian writer. She has published her debut novel, Eve of Awakening, and is writing the second installment of the series. Alisa has been writing faithfully on her blog, www.faithimagined, since 2006.
Alisa’s blog: www.faithimagined.com
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