One of the things that has been on my mind for weeks, maybe even months, is the topic of faith. Faith is important to our Christian walk, and many times, believers neglect their faith when trouble strikes. Faith is important for many reasons, especially when it comes to being a Christian.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “Faith is being sure of what you hope for, and certain of things you do not see.” It takes faith to believe in a God you cannot see, but much like the wind, our faith is not based on what we can’t see, but what we do see. We can’t see the wind, but we have faith that it is there because we see the effects of the wind. In the same way, we can’t see God, but we know He is there because we see the healings, we feel His spirit, and we know that He is there in the midst of our storms.
Anne Graham Lotz put it this way, “If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that’s as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him.”
I feel that we can take a lot from this statement, because it embodies the faith that we have…God brings blessing from one of the most gruesome, troubled times in history; how much more so can he bring blessings from the problems and pain that we struggle with?
It reminds me of the song by Garth Brooks called “Unanswered Prayers.” Look at these words:
“Sometimes I think God for unanswered prayers, remember when you’re talking to the Man upstairs; just because He doesn’t answer, it doesn’t mean he don’t care; some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”
I know it may be a song that isn’t exactly sharing the Gospel, but look at it with me on this…Just because he may not answer the prayers that we pray, it doesn’t mean that God has given up on us. God may be choosing to with hold what we ask for because what He intends for us is greater than what we can even imagine. Many times we lose faith because answers do not come either in a time frame we set, or they don’t come in a way that we hoped they would. This is where I want to offer encouragement in this way…those may be the blessings we miss because we have failed to keep the faith.
Keep your faith strong today. Don’t give up just because you didn’t get the answer you thought should have come. Over the next couple of weeks I will explore why our faith is so important, especially in this day and time. Keep the faith and trust in God.
“God does not always heal us instantly the way we think. He is not a jack-in-the-box God. But God is walking with me through this.” — Thelma Wells