Verse of the day.
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
It has been implied on many occasions, that faith never asks, “What if…?” That in itself is a fallacy. Why else would the words “fear not” and “do not worry” appear so many times in the Bible?
Depending on individual natures, the tendency to feel afraid might be more or less for some people, but we are all presented with circumstances beyond our control, uncertainties and occurrences we don’t understand- because we are all human.
It is more accurate then, to look at things this way: Faith says, “No matter what…” I will trust God, no matter. No matter what, I believe God is faithful. No matter what, all will end in praise. Saying these things to yourself, or thinking them in your heart (with conviction), eventually reflects in the way you speak and view life’s many circumstances. This is what we see in the life of Paul.
Convictions like that come from looking beyond how things look and looking at how they truly are. In essence, Paul was saying, “We are persecuted now, but look on the bright side- God is with us! He hasn’t abandoned us…we go through these things so our bodies can experience and overflow with the life Jesus died for us to have.”
Related: Losing Confidence in Ourselves
We often assume faith ignores unpleasant situations and when we begin to feel overwhelmed, we think we “have no faith”. Jesus had a different choice of words. He said, “Little faith”. He knew that His disciples were looking more at one reality than the other, hence the tendency to panic.
Faith acknowledges that life, as is commonly known, isn’t what it should be and recognizes a greater reality which it then focuses on. This is the communication of our faith. That God is larger than life; that the life we now live in Him swallows up what seems to exist in this physical realm.
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Father, help me truly believe that You are here and that You are near; and help me hold on to my faith in you no matter what.
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