(Hebrews 11:1-2- What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith.)
Many people come to me for godly counsel and it feels great to be used by God to help them. One thing I've realized is that it's so easy to give advice to others, but when it's time for me to take my own advice, it's a hard to swallow pill. It's like I can have faith for everyone else's situation, but when it's time for me to have faith in God, I forget how He's showed up in my life.
When my faith is wavering I go to Hebrews 11. It's such an encouraging chapter because there are countless stories about men and women in the Bible who had faith. (Romans 10:17- So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.) Hearing and reading stories of people trusting in God builds our faith. It lets us know that the same God who made a way in their situation, will make a way in ours. We have to remind ourselves that God is the Way Maker and that with Him all things are possible.
One story of faith that personally stands out to me is when God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac through whom God had promised to give him a whole nation of descendants. Sarah was 90 or 91 when she had Isaac, which was a miracle because women usually didn't have children at such an old age. Abraham traveled for 3 days to Moriah to go sacrifice Isaac like the Lord said. I can only imagine what he was thinking, it was a good amount of time to reflect on what God told him to do. Let's be honest most people in that situation wouldn't want to kill their son. When Isaac asked where the lamb was, Abraham told him that God would provide one and right when He was about to kill Isaac, an angel said "don't lay a hand on the boy" and he looked up and saw a ram to offer to God. Abraham decided to stand on God's Word, He believed that God would do as He said. (Hebrews 11:19- He believed that if Isaac died God would bring him back to life again; and that is just about what happened, for as far as Abraham was concerned, Isaac was doomed to death, but he came back again alive!) Faith will always be risky because we can't see the final outcome, just trust that God will work it out. Abraham believed that God would provide a sacrifice and bring his son back to life again and He did.
Everything that God tells us won't make sense to us, but we have to remember that He's God and knows our future. What's better than having a map? A guide that's been that way before (God). His plans are to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.
When our faith is wavering we just need a reminder to keep going and keep trusting God as He leads us. We need to remember WHO we know instead of what we see and think. To restore faith we need a reminder that the same God who did it before will do it again. The same God who did it for the people in the Bible will do it for us, His children.
Heavenly Father thank you for this reminder of faith. God you did it before and I believe you will do it again. I'm standing on the Word you gave me and I believe that it will come to pass. Thank you for supplying my needs. You are a good God. Thank you Jesus.