Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
For the past few months I have been reading the Bible instead of using a devotional book. I’ve been reading through the New Testament and am now in the book of Hebrews. This book is regarded as the “book of faith.” It seems that all of my adult life has revolved around this concept of having faith in God and trusting that He will take care of my needs as well as my family’s needs. It has been a constant struggle because I always want to see how things will turn out and I want to know how things will be done. With faith, you don’t know how things will be handled.
While reading Hebrews, I’ve heard two sermons about Noah, a sermon about Jonah, and I’ve been reminded more than once about the story of Moses and the Israelites. Each of these stories represents either having blind faith in God or not listening to God and suffering the consequences. This is pretty profound to me because I sense God orchestrating a message theme to tie in what He has me reading. I recognize that when I asked him to increase my faith that He would test me and allow me to go through trials.
So here I stand between the rock and the Red Sea; here I stand at the mountain I need moved; here I stand in the place where I need for God to show up because I don’t have the resources. God has made it clear to me that He will come through for me. In fact, He just answered a financial prayer above and beyond for which I had prayed. But right now, I have to endure some embarrassment (personal: not at the hands of anyone else) and trust that God will show up for three separate things.
It scares me to step forward when I can’t see my way. I’ve got to trust God and listen to Him when He tells me to step forward. I get frustrated, I cry, but he calmly talks me through to the next step when it’s time. I have to trust Him. Listening to Him is the only way I will successfully get to what He has waiting for me. So in my low moments, I remind myself of the blessings He’s given me (recent and past) and ask for Him to guide me to the next step. Often I pray, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!” I’m thankful that I can look back on all the times that He has brought me through trials and times He has shown up when I had nowhere to turn but to Him and see how much He has done for me and how faithful He has been to me.
I want to please God. I sincerely seek after Him. I must have faith. I must trust Him: through my moments of tears, frustration, fear and doubt. He is my father and He is faithful. He has never let me down.
I challenge you to trust Him even in your low moments. Remember how He has blessed you – come through for you – in the past and trust that He will do it again.
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