I’m on a journey this year to a greater, and deeper, level of faith.
I’m not talking about the faith to believe that God is real, or that Christ came to pay for our sins. That faith has been settled in my heart long ago.
The kind of faith I’m journeying to build this year is the faith we read about in Hebrews 11.
Uprooting your life at age 75 because God said so.
Standing before the most powerful ruler and demanding an end to slavery.
Doing what is just, even if it costs your life.
Shutting the mouths of lions.
Quenching the fiery flames.
Healing the sick.
Even raising the dead.
Stories of God’s faithfulness and power displayed for those who dared to believe that He would do what He promised.
That is the kind of faith I’m longing to build.
And while the stories in Hebrews 11 encourage and challenge me to deeper faith, there’s something I’ve noticed in this hall-of-faith chapter that concerns me.
Every great story of faith finds its root in an overwhelmingly difficult circumstance. Tweet this
Abraham and Sarah went roughly 75 years without a child.
Moses had to stand before Pharaoh and risk death.
Rahab had to turn her back on her own country-men.
Daniel was thrown into a den full of lions.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace.
Women watched their loved ones die.
Battles had to be fought.
Enemy armies were close enough to kill.
These aren’t the kind of situations that are desired. They aren’t welcomed with open arms. None of these great men and women of faith asked to be put in these life or death, overwhelming, incredibly stretching circumstances.
Yet, it was in that exact context that faith worthy of finding itself in the hall-of-faith chapter in the Bible is forged.
Overwhelmingly difficult circumstances are often the incubators for world-changing faith. Tweet this
If we allow it.
When difficulties arise, when it feels as if everything around you is falling apart, when the promise seems dead, when the dream has faded, the sickness has gotten worse, the kids have walked away from God, the money has dried up, the feeling of God’s presence is hard to find, the heavens seem shut, your adversaries are winning, the command from heaven seems ridiculous, God makes you wait longer than you ever expected, and life just doesn’t seem fair, you have a choice.
Trust God and see a greater faith developed.
Just don’t blame God for your choice.
The very circumstances you are begging God to change is the exact thing you need to develop great faith.
The question remains: what will you choose?
How has God used difficult circumstances to develop a greater level of faith in your life? Leave a comment below.
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