November 27

November 27, 2020
by Susan Lovelady
 

 

 
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

I have a framed saying on my dresser that reads “We know not what the future holds, but we know who holds the future“. As I was going through infertility many years ago, I would look to this often, reminding myself that God is in control and whatever happens I need to trust the future he has for me. It wasn’t easy. Anyone who has gone through infertility knows how challenging this can be and there were plenty of times I struggled, had my dark days, and certainly questioned my faith. Some days all I could ask God was …Lord, help me have faith… help me to trust. Looking back I realized that it was in these moments of this complete heart honesty where God worked in me and my faith grew. 

For me, “faith” is a process, it is a journey, a journey of the heart. It is in this process where we have the opportunity to “embrace, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us …” All God really wants of us is to speak our desire to trust Him – to say out loud our belief, our conviction… then God takes it from there. No worries about what we should be “doing”… as long as our heart is true…and the truth is within us. When our heart is aligned with this truth, or even a desire for this truth, faith can’t help but testify itself. Whether it is in the small things we may do for others, or big plans that we pursue.

Romans 10:8-10 describes faith like this (taken from the Message translation):  “It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

As it turns out, I took this framed saying and it became my focal point (placed by my bedside in the hospital) as I was going through labor as I gave birth to my first baby – who is now 21 years old, and then the second, who is now 18. I feel very blessed and thankful. And as I am still faced with plenty of life uncertainties – especially now with COVID and the challenges this is bringing to our lives – I am reminded of the hope and assurance we have in the ONE who holds the future.

Dear God, thank you for empowering us with the Holy Spirit that works within us to help us grow in faith.  Help us to speak the words of our faith from our hearts, from our whole being, trusting in you to do your work through us and in your perfect timing and plan.  Thank you for your love, your grace, and setting everything right for us!  Amen 

 

 


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