Worry Over Faith
We Christians are very strange creatures aren't we? I'm not writing about that fact that we don't always love those who need it or forgive as easily as the sun rises. This is more about doubt. Not doubt in ourselves, but doubt in our God.
We've heard it all before "Let go and let God" or "Don't tell God how big the storm is tell the storm how big God is" and yet we still worry.
That's my sin, too.
We stand in awe of the fact that God created heaven and earth. We marvel at the depths of canyons and majesty of mountains. We ponder the strength of the ocean's waves. We tremble at the speed of lions. We speculate the number of stars in the skies.
We lose our faith and allow the waves of stress to take us out to sea and lose sight of the shore. We lose sight of what our God has done for us. We lose sight of the fact that grace was given to us at Calvary. We lose sight of Him.
Now, if we lose sight of His glory and allow our praise to turn into "woe is me" why should He answer us? Why should He answer our SOS if we don't have faith in Him?
I have been on my own boat in the middle of the ocean numerous times doubting that my God could calm the waters like He once did when walking this Earth, so I don't say any of this lightly either.
Yet, this week during my small group study with friends from my new church Northwood Baptist, I was reminded of these truths from my Father:
"Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life." Isaiah 43:4 NIV
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31 NI
It's time for us to truly hold onto our God. Not just sing about His greatness. Not just pray that He helps us. Not just say "His will be done".
It's time to BELIEVE in all we have learned. TRUST that He will rescue us. AFFIRM to those around us that our God saves.
Have faith, friends.
"Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, 'Don’t be afraid; just believe.'" Mark 5:36 NIV