Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Faith NOW

Did you realize that the word FAITH is used 256 in the Bible. That's not including the ones that talk about about being faithful or faithfulness. All combined there are 422. I never knew that.

This week God has really been speaking to me about faith and hope every where I turn. From the message on Sunday to a few blogs that I read. He has continued to till away at that soil in my heart. As Christians Faith is something that we stand firm on. Right? Why is it that sometimes what seems so simple is so hard to do. That NO MATTER what's happening or where I am I stand firm in my Faith in you God. Because YOU, the King of Kings have promised me, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 He has clearly defined to us what FAITH is. My favorite example to use with kids when they start questioning God is to take them outside and have them feel the wind on their face. The conversation usually goes something like this...

"Did you feel that?"

"yeah I felt it"

"What was it?"
usually with a crazy look "it was the WIND Ms. Kara"

"I didn't see any wind? Are you SURE it was the wind? Wind can't exist...I can't see it?"

"i know it is there because I felt it"

"EXACTLY! We may not always be able to hear God but we can feel God. Does the wind not exist because we can't see it? NO we felt it and know it exists."

To a child all they need is to know that things exist with out seeing and they believe! If we could all enter in with such childlike faith. There are so many things that we are believing in faith and hoping for and earnestly seeking God for. There are times when He is quite...Does He not exist because He doesn't answer when we ask? No that's not the case.

One day when I look at God face to face I hope He doesn't say, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?..." Matthew 8:26 Instead when I look Him and see my reflection in His eyes hearts desire is that He will say"...Well done, good and faithful servant!..." Matthew 25:21

What I have (re)learned this week is that what God has in store for us could be so much different and better than what we could have ever hoped for or dreamed of. But no matter what my faith, my hope, my praise MUST without a doubt stand firm in HIM!

Yesterday I read...“Hope is hearing the music of the future; faith is dancing to it today,” ~ William Frey.
When is it hardest for you to stand firm on your faith?

1 comment:

Jesse and Mandy Peterson said...

I think it's hardest for me to stand firm on my faith when a certain answer seems to contradict my perspective of God. For instance, infertility being the most obvious example, if God never gave me a child, biologically, through adoption, through step-children, or any other way, how do I reconcile that with the God that "gives you the desires of your heart" according to Psalms or the one that will give you anything that you ask of Him according to Matthew or James?

Both when I wanted to get married and when I wanted to have children, I believed that God had laid that desire on my heart. It was something I felt so passionately, and something that I felt He had spoken into my life for His ministry. But when faced with the possibility that neither may ever come to fruition, I had to do a lot of soul-searching (God-seeking) to determine what this meant for the God I so believed in. It was hard to stand on my faith when faced with those questions, but choosing to believe that He is sovereign regardless of my circumstances helped me to remain steadfast... and eventually I saw what He had been doing all along.