Every morning the sun rises. It has since God said, “Let there be light”, and it was so. The sun ushers in a new day, for most of us. Some areas on this earth experience sunlight 24 hours a day, so the time is what ushers in a new day for them. But I don’t live in Norway or any other far off location. I live right here, where day is day and night is night.
I can count on the sun to rise every morning, to set every night and to repeat it all the next day. Nothing in my life changes this fact. My circumstances won’t change this. No matter what I am going through on any given day, the sun will still rise, the moon will still appear, and the days will still go on. I have faith that it will be like this for my entire lifetime.
Faith is being sure of what we cannot see and of what we hope for. It is a complete trust and confidence in something or someone.
For some, this isn’t a problem. I’ve seen it, so I know that true faith exists. True faith in God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. True faith that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. True faith that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived just over 30 years, shared a new message with all, was crucified and resurrected, and rose to sit with God on high. True faith.
But then, let’s talk about faith in our day to day lives.
When life is going well, I believe it is easy to have faith, or at least easier. But when trials come our way, when unexpected turns in our life journey show up, do we stand as adamantly on that faith? Are we as confident? Do we exhibit complete trust… complete trusts that is much like knowing with absolute certainty that the sun will rise every morning.
I’ve experienced a time of less than ideal circumstances. For some reason, unknown to me, this time of year is a time of testing for me. My life has been in a whirlwind for a few months, and not because of anything I’ve done or brought on myself, but due to the choices of others. Most years, when this happens in the fall, the stress causes physical issues, insomnia, and spiritual roadblocks. Stress is of the enemy- it is anxiety, doubt, resentment, fear, anger, hopelessness, and so many other things.
I have had to literally combat these internal obstacles with the word of God, over and over. I had to surrender in new ways, and to trust and be confident in His presence in my life. Not that He would make things more comfortable, but that no matter what, He is here.
You see, Satan has one desire- to separate me from God. To manipulate my mind into thinking I am alone, that God has left me (didn’t we see that time and again when the Israelites were busy wandering?). He wants me to question myself and what I believe. Satan does not want me to be confident in what I hope for, or certain about what I cannot see. He wants to knock me down, and literally halt all forward progress by tying me up with the ropes of stress. He wants to shock my faith into questioning all I believe in.
This is testing, and God prepared us for these times through his word:
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold.” (1 Peter 1:7a NLT)
Everything inside me is being stirred while fired upon, so that all the impurities will rise to the top, so they can be removed. As those temperatures rise, or trials deepen, the more “pollutants or grime” are removed.
Don’t be fooled by the testing of your faith.
It is a true blessing to know God is sitting right here, watching the fires burn and purity flow. Don’t be afraid of what seems to be out of control, or more than you can handle. Satan longs to tempt you into throwing in the towel and, more than anything else, to not believe in our God, and to most certainly not trust Him.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) ~”The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
Faith is a blessing, it is something that should constantly be at the forefront of our minds. Our faith will get us through the most dire of situations, because when our faith rests upon God the Father, and in His loving mercy, grace and acceptance of who we are in our trials, including our stressed selves, we will be held in his mighty arms, cared for in ways we can’t even imagine, and loved beyond all measure.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)