Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Isaiah 43:19

Have you ever thought about what “faith” means? I mean, we have all kinds of examples of faith in the Bible. As Christians, we are called “women and men of faith”. We are told that we should have faith as a grain of mustard seed. We are told to grow in faith. But all this throwing about of the word doesn’t really do it justice, does it? We are a society built on shortcuts and getting there quickly. We don’t want to take the time to define it, we just want everyone to get it and get it now!

I told you that I thought the road to the kingdom of heaven was like a dirt road. It’s a road less traveled. As Christians, we want to believe that everyone has the same belief and trust in our Savior that we do-but it’s not that way. That’s not a statement of condemnation, it’s just fact. To many people, Christianity is an exclusive club that we can say we are a member. Only it’s not that exclusive.

God sent Jesus down here on this ball of dirt 2000+ years ago to give everyone the chance to join His club. And how do you join? You believe on His Son, and in His death, burial, and resurrection. Then, you surrender your life to Him and allow Him to use you as He sees fit. That is what faith is to me. Believing in Someone I can’t see, through circumstances and events that are at times unbearably difficult. And why is that?

He asked me to do it. Period.

How do I do that? I believe in His word. I trust in His word. Because the Bible says that God is not a liar. It doesn’t matter what is going on around you-God is not a liar. It doesn’t matter that this doesn’t look like it’s going to get paid-God is not a liar. It doesn’t matter what is going on at work-God is not a liar. It doesn’t matter who is talking about you at school-God is not a liar. Did you get that yet? God is NOT a liar.

How do you get there? How do you get to the point where you can believe in His promises no matter what happens? You go down the road less traveled.

“But where is the road?” you may ask. I’ll tell you-it’s in Scripture.

Isaiah 43:19-“Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

God has said that He will make a road in the wilderness and cut rivers in the desert. There is no place you are lost that God cannot find you. There is no place you can be stranded that God cannot get to you. There is no mountain or valley that God cannot make a road through to get to you and your situation. Remember that, when the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy in your life.

So when you are in the dark, and the voices are whispering that it’s all over now. And they are laughing at you. They are telling you that your God has abandoned you in your faith because you didn’t have enough of it. They are telling you to give up.

Listen.

What’s that I hear? It sounds like…..construction equipment.



Be blessed in the Lord,

Bo J.

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