A five letter word…
It’s what we live by….we are born with the ability yet we choose whether or not we develop it. It’s a choice not an instinct, yet we think it should just come naturally and we get angry when it doesn’t. It’s more mature in our childhood, yet as we age we lose it. And no matter how hard we try to obtain it, too many things block our view and then we find ourselves back at the beginning…the opposite of the goal.
If you haven’t figured out what “it” is…let me help… It’s what Noah exercised when he and his family sat in a 450 foot-long boat on dry land for seven days before a drop of rain came down. While EVERYONE else laughed and scoffed at him for wasting his time and for following instructions from a “God” he couldn’t even see.
It’s what Abraham exercised on the three-day trek up Mount Moriah with Isaac, his son, who he had not yet told why they were making the trip.
It’s what Job repeatedly exercised while tragedy upon tragedy was thrown at him…including a threat to his own life.
And it’s what the hundreds upon hundreds of New Testament believers had when they scurried through the crowds just to get close to the man they knew would heal them.
It’s what Stephen had when the first, second and third stones were thrown and he saw death’s door.
And it’s what Jesus had on the cross…the moment before He said
“Father it is finished.“
Have you figured “it” out? It’s faith…the opposite of doubt.
You see even Jesus, at that point in His journey, on the cross, did not know whether or not He would see His Father again. A curtain had temporarily separated them. It was all part of the plan. Yet His faith surpassed ALL doubt.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we cannot see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1
Yet what do we do? We run around in our life upset, angry and fretting because “our” plan has gone haywire and we just don’t know what to do. We say we believe but then forget all about the “God’s in control” part. Logan and I often find ourselves in that position. I look at myself and others that surround me and think “oh you of little faith” ~Luke 12:28
What in the world do we know?…not much. I love the inspired quote…
” God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him.” ~ Ministry of Healing p.479
Fighting cancer part-time instead of full-time allowed me the creativity to write about some wacky, 24-yr. old brain stuff that doesn’t seem so interesting now…so I hope you do not mind if this is a little heavy for some. I feel the need to be serious as I feel we are all blindsided by the world. So just back-read for some more comical, better written material.
Fortunately Christ doesn’t seem to care about how well written our material is, He seems to care more about us doing our best, which is what I’m trying to do right now…That, combined with faith, seems to be what James talked so much about:
“What good is it my brothers , if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?” ~ James 2:14
It is my challenge to you to fight the good fight of faith. Don’t ever give up! Quit looking at the “now” and look at what is to come. Even though you may feel that you have lost a few battles here and there, you will NEVER lose the war if you put your faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Oh if we could just grasp and hold on to that faith of a child.