Moments with My Father ~
Well, it is our Father’s will that we adventure through this new day with Him. It is an amazing gift to have life and with it are many opportunities to put into practice our faith in the One who loves us unconditionally and has our best interest at heart. Faith is defined as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” There are many in the Bible who lived amazing lives all because they had faith in the promises of God. They looked ahead to what was to come and believed their Father would be faithful to take care of them – to work good through the circumstances they were in. Faith made the difference to turn weakness to strength, fear to bravery, sadness to joy, unrighteousness to righteousness, hopelessness to hopefulness, giving up to perseverance, discouragement to encouragement, man’s will to God’s will done. Faith was the difference that enabled them to do what they would have been otherwise unable to do. You could say they were able to “do the do” of His will. These people had faith that the promises of God would come to pass. Elizabeth was a woman who understood this. She told Mary “Blessed (happy) is she who believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” In other words, His “will will!” Of Jesus, it is said “Whoever believes in Him, shall not perish.” He preserves the faithful! In Him, we are born into a living hope through His resurrection into an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade. What this is saying is what is promised will be! How cool is that! When we have trials in life, though, it is often hard to see hope and understand how things will work out for good, but our Father says not to lean on our own understanding. Unbelief is something we can ask our Father to help us with. He honored that honesty in a man who had a demon-possessed son and also with doubting Thomas who had to see Jesus for himself. Jesus also said “Blessed are those who believe and do not see.” Faith is being certain of what is not seen - it is believing upon a seen promise of God. Our Father says that in trials, our faith which is more precious than gold will be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus is revealed. There is a day coming when Jesus will be revealed. All things will be eventually laid bare – we will know fully. This is a promise we can cling to! Of God, it is said He is faithful to the faithful and that with God, all things are possible. He raised Jesus from the dead and He has given us life! These are things that seem impossible and beyond my ability to understand and they help me have faith that He can do what seems impossible in my life. It helps me keep going, to “do the do” of His will, knowing His “will will” be accomplished and His promise is that it’s all gonna be good. These thoughts have this cowgirl stepping out in faith today. Oh, my Father – He is so good!
Hebrews 11; Lk 1:45; Jn 3:16, 20:24-31; Ps 18:25, 52:8, 145:13; Mk 9:14-32; 1 Co 13:12; Ro 8:28-29