Friday, April 15, 2016

The Faith Booster

BETWEEN a promise and its manifestation is a voyage, from land to land, where there is no land in sight for much longer than we wish.  Such a voyage we call depression, singleness, barrenness, unemployment, loss, among so many others.  Such a sojourn is a lonely, frustrating, infuriating time.  Such a time on the open seas is tumultuous as it’s perilous.  It’s a time when our trust in God is pushed and cajoled toward compromise, where complaint and bitterness and resentment resemble the spiritual compromise of giving up.
Moses was at the point of giving up when he has a conversation with God.  The Lord reminds Moses in Numbers 11:23 (below) of an important fact:
The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?  Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” (NIV)
God reminds Moses of an incredibly powerful truth: the Lord’s provision is not limited to our human conception of provision.  When we think of the Lord’s creative provision — life, the universe, everything — we should never underestimate God’s creative capacity in delivering us into the purposes He has promised us.
But we must believe what He has promised, and the only way to believe is to trust.
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The faith booster is simply trust.  And the greatest test of faith is when hope wanes and vanishes.
Nothing boosts faith more than trust.  Trust ensures our faith remains viable.
The person who trusts and keeps on trusting is earning their redemption by their faith.  The harder, more impossible the situation, the more trust is pressed into temptation to give up, the more important it is to trust.
Hope may wither, and confidence may fall, but through trust we emerge, and by faith we ascend.

© 2016 Steve Wickham.

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