Sunday, March 10, 2013

Faith

It's been a rough week. In fact, it's probably been one of my worst weeks in a long time. But it has also been a good week. A week for grace and faith. I grew up in the church and for the most part, I've had an easy life. I didn't have hardly any responsibility until I was 17 and I have had the love of an amazing, God given family. This week has taught me something incredibly important. It is so easy to say I trust God when life is going easy and you can hold yourself up on your own. When your strength is sufficient to get you through the day, it's easy to tell God that you trust Him completely. It's easy to tell God you trust Him with money when you have a high paying job that promises promotions. It's easy to tell God you trust Him with your heart when nothing is going wrong. It's easy to say you trust Him with your kids when they do nothing wrong (in a dream world, of course). It's easy to tell God that you trust Him with your health when you've never had any concerns. My point is, it's easy to "trust" God when everything is going right. But what about when you can't find a job? Or what about when you lose a loved one and you don't know how you'll ever recover? Or what about when you can't pay your bills? We all like to claim that we trust God but the fruit of a mature Christian is having full trust in God when things aren't going right. When you don't know which way you're going to turn or how something is going to work out. And in those moments of confusion when you really need clarity, that's when God grows your faith. Because a strong Christian doesn't get that way because life is always perfect. A Christian gets stronger in the valleys, when they have nothing but to lean on God.

Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, "Go, throw yourself in to the sea," and it will be done. [Matthew 21:21]

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