Friday, March 18, 2016

Faith Rises In the Darkest of Night

FAITH was made for the darkness, for the trials of tumult that send us into an oblivion of doubt, and for the times where we have no belief in ourselves — let alone God.
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Sometimes God will use a person’s felt uselessness, and allow them to feel hopeless, in order that they richly desire resurrection.  It’s faith that sees us raised.  It’s the fight that makes us clamour out of the pit.  Faith refuses to accept what it sees.
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Faith is either absurd or a miracle — to believe fully in something good when all is very bad.  But faith cannot be absurd because it works.  We don’t know why it works, which makes it a miracle.
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If life is horrid, don’t believe in the horridness.  Believe in the goodness coming.  Goodness always comes.  And when it does, finally faith is vindicated.
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Faith works because of the goodness inlaid in God.  As God is entirely trustworthy, faith vindicates trust.  Faith is a trust in a time of distrust.
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Be the good you can be and God will make good of what you do.  Faith expresses goodness in badness, and it turns murkiness clear.
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God makes of faith a banquet of favour.  He mixes the ingredients of our trust with His goodness, and His timing with our patience, and concocts a delicacy.
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Faith takes us from a place of horrific violence, through the depression of wartime, into a time of longstanding peace.
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Faith rises in the dark of night.  It needs adversity.  Faith is superfluous for the brightness of day.  God’s Presence is thick in the mire when we reach out because all there is left is faith.
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Faith holds on by the sinews of hope.
© 2016 Steve Wickham.

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