“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose .”
Do we really believe this verse or does it just sound and look good? Perhaps the most difficult aspect of having faith and trusting God lies in the ability to hold fast to the belief that God is sovereign and that nothing happens in this life that is by chance or outside the sphere of God's influence.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven .”
There is a HUGE difference between being a fatalist (belief that you cannot control events or prevent things from happening, especially bad things) and being a “trustist” (belief that God is in control and there is a reason for what happens). There is a HUGE difference between resigning oneself to being a pawn on the chessboard of life vs. being a child of God whose path will be directed by God if we so choose to trust in Him.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding .
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths .”
Proverbs 3:5, 6
Our scope of life as humans is woefully shortsighted. We can only see what lies directly ahead of us and we have no way of knowing what lies around the next bend or what awaits us over the next hill. Trust in God’s sovereignty (supreme authority, rule or power) is absolutely essential if we are to escape the hazards of life while staying on the path God desires of and for us.
“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God ;
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform .”
Romans 4:20, 21
The faith Abraham manifested is truly beyond our ability to comprehend. Although he was not perfect, he remained faithful to the promises of God no matter what things looked like or how impossible the situation appeared. What we can learn about faith from Abraham is:
Do not be staggered (shocked or astounded) by the promises of God
Be strong in faith (not in your own abilities or resources)
Give glory to God in all things
Be fully persuaded God can and will do what He has promised
Whether enduring a season of pain or distress, an episode of intense temptation, a period of trials and tribulations or a sunny day in the park; always remember to trust in God’s promises while remaining strong in faith, giving glory to God and being fully persuaded in God’s ability, power and faithfulness to His Word.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us ,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen ."
Ephesians 3:20, 21
[quote]Perhaps the most difficult aspect of having faith and trusting God lies in the ability to hold fast to the belief that God is sovereign and that nothing happens in this life that is by chance or outside the sphere of God's influence.[/quote]
I think you are right. A lot of people seem to have faith until life throws them a curve ball. It is at this point that so many people turn from following Christ. Things don't look like or turn out the way they have planned and they feel like God has abandoned them. We need to learn to trust God... no matter what!
Faith in our Holy, Righteous, and Merciful God is about all I have got. He amazes me everyday. I grieve that I hinder as I do. We are His called out ones through Jesus Christ. I believe our understanding of "good" , in that verse, we have a hard time with. Faith just accepts that it is. 'Though He slay me.' Our faith shows how well we trust that.
Thanks for the blog brother. God Bless.