Faith in tough times…
Several years ago a co-worker gave me a copy of Streams in the Desert, a devotional with 365 daily readings. Over time I would pick it up and include it in my daily routine. And then it would set on my shelf, waiting as I enjoyed another more current devotional. The other devotionals might have been more contemporary, but not more current. At this time in my life, it seems that it was written just for me, right now.
I am in the desert, again. Thirsty for God.
It’s as if I am walking through vast stretches of nothingness and yet, unexpectedly, finding tiny oases of refreshment to encourage me onward.
Why is it that these oases are so unexpected? Have I not asked God for more awareness of Him? For His daily provision? For encouragement to press on and through?
Once again, “Streams” was the vehicle God used to speak into my life.
One of the writers penned these words in preface to this scripture:
You may have hope or an earnest desire, but that is not faith, for “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
Often I write about trusting God and believing.
We passed the 40-day mark of our current journey, two weeks ago. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. And though that was far more challenging then my circumstances, I don’t want to spend the next 40 years like the Israelites did, wandering.
When I read the quote above, I realized that I have gone from standing and believing to earnestly desiring. How did that happen? That was not my plan. God has given me, and you, the faith we need. We can be “certain of what we do not see.”
I am grateful for the wake up call. Today I will put feet to my faith again and join the psalmist in saying this:
“I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13
Are you in a desert? If not now, can you remember a time in the past?
What is it that you are (were) waiting on God to do?
“…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
One thing I know for sure, when we take time to give thanks in all things–we are strengthened to stand, in His strength and in His mighty power. And that is so much better than anything I can muster on my own.
Will you join me in counting?
Just seven. The good and the not so good from the past week.
I’ll start… I’m grateful for these gifts:
- Bluebirds! I now know why they are called birds of happiness. I was so blessed to have them visit my front window box.
- Outrageously gorgeous snowfall…other worldly in its beauty.
- The negative answer to a long-asked question.
- The tangible expression of friendship and love.
- My husband’s servant heart.
- God’s amazing provision.
It’s your turn…
Please scroll down to “Share Your Thoughts” and tap in yours. Your shoulders will feel lighter. I dare you!
Being certain of what we do not see….