Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Whosoever clings to Faith in God clings to Winner!
I’ve a friend at church who thinks he is losing his faith in God. He is so passionate about the evil, hatred, and violence that is running rampant in our world and God standing by and not doing nothing is finding himself in a faith crisis. After talking with him yesterday at church I began to get the idea that it wasn’t a faith crisis he was having instead it was impatience. I have no trouble identifying with him. On numerous occasions I’ve prayed, ”God, I know eventually you will still this storm so spare me all the negative stuff and still it now.” I know God listens to me but at His choosing unfortunately for me a couple of those storms are raging.
Author R.C. Sproul in his book What is Faith writes what I think is one of the best definitions of the relationship of faith and patience I’ve come across. “In a real sense, hope is faith looking forward. The word faith carries a strong element of trust. If my hope is based on something God has said will happen in the future, the hope I have for that future promise finds its substance from my trust and confidence in the One making the promise. I can have hope because I have faith in God.”*
While my friend and I were talking he brought “the why question” up. Answering the question why evil, hatred, and violence are running rampant is a whole lot easier than answering the question as to why God doesn’t bring an end to it, after all He will do so eventually and only way of really answering the “God why question” is to let God answer it for Himself. ““My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8–9, NLT)
What can we do when the negativity and all the wrong that is plaguing and trying to steal our joy? The answer of course is to have patience, but patience is more than just standing back and waiting for God to do what God is going to do Peter helps us understand the way to exercise and experience patience in its long suffering mode. “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.” (1 Peter 5:6–9, NLT)
Faith isn’t standing idly by as the world rips itself apart, Faith is anchoring oneself to the Timeless of God’s ever watchful eye and His Word of Promise… “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands!” (Isaiah 55:11–12, NLT)
Grace and PEACE,
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*Sproul, R. C. (2010). What Is Faith? (Vol. 8, p. 4). Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing.
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**Hebrews 4:16, NLT