Thursday, June 10, 2010
Faith isn't easy...in fact, I think it makes life more difficult. If you're not believing in God, you never face doubt and disbelief in Him. If you're not trusting Him...there's no fight of faith. Life just is. Those who don't believe can appear to have less turbulent lives because they aren't casting Light into the Darkness. They're not a threat to the enemy. I've heard it said that when you become cherished by God...you become significant to satan. I've found that to be true in my life...I'm guessing you've found it to be true as well. Just take a step of faith...make a decision to trust God...and you've just entered the battlefield of your soul.
It's in the midst of the battle that our soul cries out for God. Is He with us...or isn't He? That's a REALLY great question...but, what I've found is that for all the questions we have for God-He has questions for us too. So the Spirit answers our question with a question...and THIS IS A REALLY GREAT QUESTION:
"How would you live your life if you were ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that God was with you?"
What if you were certain that He was going before you each day...preparing the way...dealing with every detail of your life...securing your relationships, protecting your finances, guiding your mind through decisions, providing opportunities that would prepare your future for good, holding your health in the palms of His hands, allowing the afflictions in your life to develop your faith and strengthen your spirit for the journey? What if you were convinced? What if you had no doubt? What if you didn't need to continually ask God for a "sign" that He was with you and that He was involved in every detail of your life? What if you could rest in that assurance? What if you could have that kind of peace?
The reason we're not convinced completely is that our faith is yet to be perfected. We're on a journey of faith...doubt can drive us to God, instead of from Him...if we simply keep our eyes on Him...pressing through our emotions and into His arms. We can only find the peace that surpasses all understanding through the most treacherous storms of life, if our faith rests in WHO HE IS...not simply what He gives.
God is most often powerfully present when He appears to be absent. When we can't see His hand...we must continue to trust in His promise that He is with us ALWAYS. (Matthew 28:20) His eye is on every detail...and even though life seems out of control, God never is. When God isn't giving you a "sign"...trust Him anyway. When you can't see purpose in your pain...believe that God has a plan.
Through every trial, God is developing a faith in us that will sustain our hope for the journey. The assurance of His presence through His Promises should be enough.
Is it enough for you?
1 Chronicles 28:20
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
Posted by Cherie Hill at 7:18 AM
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