“Raisins that masquerade as chocolate chips are one of the main reasons that I have trust issue.”
~ Author unknown
Do you have “trust” issues?
Do you find it hard to believe people?
Are you skeptical about what the Bible says?
Is it difficult to have faith in God?
The above quote addresses the issue of mistrust in a humorous way, but, it points out that it is common to experience a certain level of doubt or skepticism in life. That is easy to understand when we know that there are no perfect human interactions and that people may break their word despite their best intentions. We take that human understanding into our relationship with God. We want to believe. We want to trust a loving God to take care of us. We want to … but…
Is faith doable? It is, but I believe that it is a process. We begin by seeking God and looking for Him to show Himself in our lives. We begin to watch Him work and, over time, we see His faithfulness. I believe that He understands this and rewards us for each small step of trust that we take!
Sunday’s message, I Wonder…Is Faith Doable, came at the exact time that I needed it. I found out just last week that the job that I love so much is coming to an end. Our corporate team has changed its mind about developing a division of the company in Charlotte and has put our assets up for sale. I was heartbroken to learn this, yet, I am living by faith. That means that I need to trust that God is allowing this door to close because He has something better for me. Does that make me less sad? No. Does it lessen my concern over how I am going to pay my bills? It should, but I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit that the enemy of doubt brings it up again and again. It does, however, cause me to recognize that God has taken me through many life changes and has proven faithful – Every. Single. Time. In fact, I have experienced such faithfulness from God that I was able to transition from panic to peace much more quickly that I would have several years ago. Am I perfectly peaceful? Only when I am able to silence the voice of doubt with the verse from Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” I will admit that I have to say it more than several times a day, but each day I say it less. I share this to say that as a Christian of over 30+ years, I am still learning what it means to live by faith – even though God has been absolutely trustworthy in my life! Yet, despite my shortcomings, I wouldn’t choose to live any other way. Each time we are tested – we grow. God gives us life. He gives it abundantly. He wants us to leap into his arms with reckless abandon. I, for one, am not there yet, but I can’t wait until the day that I am able to do that.
The process of faith is taking baby steps, proving that God is faithful and then taking larger steps until we finally leap without hesitation or reservation. I for one choose to live by faith not because I am faithful but because HE is. I can’t wait until the day that I ready to leap!
Are you ready to trust God?
Are you ready to take a baby step of faith?
Are you ready to leap?