How does one describe Faith…
For Christians, it’s something that is known, yet unknown. Something that comes naturally and grows within. In earlier times of history, faith was known through sight, today, it’s known through trust and through a contentment and calm that overwhelms the heart, mind and soul. A peace that is only understood by others that are like minded.
A few years ago life had pulled some unexpected punches our way and I found myself waking up each morning to beautiful sunrises in prayer, asking God for some sort of sign that would show me His path. I asked for that which our Godly brothers and sisters of old had once observed. We happened to be in a place where we could forget our “tales of woe”, even if for only a moment and try to focus on what was really important, when the name of a boat caught my eye. This boat was pulled into the spot at the marina differently than the other boats. It’s back was facing us and it was named Blind Faith. At that moment, I knew overwhelmingly that our Heavenly Father was watching over our family. He was going to pull us through all that we were enduring. Many of our friends and family were dissatisfied and skeptical with choices that had to be made, yet for us, God’s will was securely upon our hearts and we followed His leading. Many blessings have come from our following Him. Should we have followed the advice of family or friends, we cannot at this time believe that it would have turned out better or that the blessings would have been as abundant. God knew we would trust Him, with His sovereign Grace, He gave us a path to follow and a journey to which we are grateful.
As I write this, my health has been of even greater concern as we found some other issues that need addressing. I have had many moments of feeling weary this past week. As I pondered this Lords day, alone in my home while the family was away, I nearly stayed in bed and avoided worship. However, my mind wandered to prayer and strength was grasped to get up and remember that this is not my day. This is the Lord’s day. He is the one to whom focus should be given. To Him be the glory.
Once again, the Lord gave me the strength to endure and for a good reason. The sermon was on Hebrews 11:1-19, focusing on Faith. I continued to read all of Hebrews 11 and as I listened to the sermon, counted up how many times the word faith was used in Hebrews 11:1-40. Twenty four times. God’s chosen people who endured trials and tribulations of all sorts all had one thing in common, they had Faith. As quoted…”By Faith”!
Realizing my uncertainty about my health is a natural human feeling, “by faith” I am encouraged. Encouraged that God has a plan in this new journey He has our family on. He will provide all that we need as long as we trust and have faith in Him. Just as He is providing the support and continued help of our church family and friends, He will also use this time of affliction for His glory. As I continue to tell others who are walking this Lyme journey with me, His Will Is His Outcome.
As Isaac Watts wrote in this Hymn in 1709:
I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, Or to defend his cause, Maintain the honor of his Word, The glory of his cross. Jesus, my God; I know his name, His Name is all my trust; Nor will he put my soul to shame, Nor let my hope be lost. Firm as his throne his promise stands, and he can well secure What I’ve committed to his hands Till the decisive hour. Then will he own my worth-less name Before his Father’s face, And in the new Jerusalem Appoint my soul a place. Amen
Faith, the binding hope and trust between humanity and an almighty righteous God.