Got your attention didn’t I?
Recently I wrestled with knowing God can but not knowing if He would (fill in the blank). I caught myself wanting to “name it and claim it” when I was unsure of what God was doing.
And I’m NEVER sure of what He is doing. He doesn’t inform like that. Not typically.
If I’m being honest, it messed with me. Big. Time. I’ve struggled with this before but after this go around…I think I just might, just maybe, possibly be learning something about placing my faith soley and simply in one place. No matter the situation.
Doesn’t that sound so simple? Placing our faith in only one thing? Isn’t that like God? To love us so much as to not make things too complicated for us?
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!…”
I John 3:1
The definition of faith according to Merriam Webster is this:
a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof clinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return (2) : complete trust
Faith-I see nothing here that says that our believing will accomplish anything tangible. What I see is that to have faith is to simply believe. The crisis comes when we try to spread our belief all around instead of keeping it concentrated on HIM.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews “ Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” NIV or “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.” The Message
Somehow we’ve convinced ourselves that these precious expressions of our faith are to be placed in that we see in front of us. That if we wrap up our desires in fancy words then what we are so focused on will simply come to pass because we believe it will. That this is how faith is played out, expressing a sense of done-ness to that thing that we want done and telling God at the end of our sentence, that since we’ve got faith, it shall be done.
We’ve lost our focus.
That thing or this person or the situation has taken over our vision. It has consumed us and distracted us from the One who has all of it in His hands. We’ve got to turn our necks back up. That’s where we are to place our faith. Not in anything we can see, but in the One who is invisible.
Merriam Webster defines crisis as this:
a : an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially : one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome a financialcrisis the nation’s energy crisis
b : a situation that has reached a critical phase the environmental crisis the unemployment crisis
This is where we can have a crisis of faith. We’ve all been there. I was just there recently.
Twisted guts, headaches, even nausea. I love God. I believe in Him. I believe He will allow only what is good for Him and me to occur in my life. But the crisis, the sense of urgency in my circumstances, were a huge distraction for me. They took my eyes off of the One who has it all under control and had my mind racing over things that I had very little control over.
Wow! Do you see it? I had put myself front and center of my little world leaving myself exposed for the enemy to come in and knock me out at the knees!
Been there? Yeah, not a great place to be.
Honestly, this is selfish thinking. Who am I to believe that this thing that I need will be done to the degree in which I have faith?
Crisis. This is part of life. A cycle that will come and go. Oh, you may not experience the same one over and over again but they will come. They will be hurled your way from every direction until you die. Guarantee it! And your faith will be tested. And sometimes you’ll pass the test. And sometimes you won’t.
The goal is to move our necks upward, even if they’re stiff from the stress and knotted muscles, and keep our gaze on the only One that deserves to have our faith placed in it. Our eyes aren’t made to look two directions at one time. One way. Fix them there.
He loves us ladies. And He has nothing left to prove to us. He’s done that already. Let’s cheer each other on to keep our faith, our belief that “HE CAN”, front and center and the question of “but WILL He?” linger in the background so that it doesn’t trip us up.
- Faith is a loaded word and can be an ongoing conversation…would love to hear from you on this. What helps to build your faith? How would you define what faith is?