We often talk about walking by faith when we have a good job, money in the bank, a great marriage, a beautiful family and our health, but I have a question for you. What if you woke up tomorrow and discovered there was a deadly disease lurking in your body for which there is no cure. Would you still have faith? What if people pray that God heals you of that disease but you find yourself walking through treatment. Would you still have faith in God or would you feel that He had let you down?
I can truthfully answer the above question because that is what happened to me. I woke up one morning and discovered I had an aggressive form of breast cancer. I can tell you that at that moment I was not the least bit interested in "stuff". In fact, if you sit down with people such as cancer survivors, they don't seem to be the least bit interested in "stuff" either.
So, would you trust Him as toxic drugs race through your body not only killing cancer cells but normal healthy cells as well? Would there be a song of praise in your heart for Him if all of your hair fell out, your nails became brittle and threatened to fall off and your skin turned a sickly greenish-gray?
What if you and the people who loved you prayed for your healing but God said, "Not now for I want you to walk this path." Would you still put your faith in God no matter what or would you accuse God of things like not being fair, not listening to you, not loving you or not honoring His word?
You see, anybody can say they have faith in God when they have a good job, lots of friends, a good marriage and a lot of stuff. Anybody. Sadly enough, far too often we have faith in ourselves or others rather than in God. This becomes evident when we lose the job, lose the money, lose the marriage, disaster hits our family or our health fails to the point that we are facing death. This is the fire in which our faith is tested.
Will you have faith in God only when you have all the nice "stuff" or will you continue to have faith when everything is stripped away from you such as your job, your spouse, your family and even your health? This sounds like a familiar story, doesn't it?
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job...
May we all have faith in God no matter what and like Job be able to say:
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: Job 13:15a (KJV).
We learn that Jesus came to serve the sinners, the downcast. That's ture, of course.
What we tend to forget or overlook is God's promise that "I will never forget you nor foresake you." We need God the Father and God the Son duinrg our troubling times, whatever they may be.
My friend, you are a constant beacon in the darkness for all of us who go through the "bad times", showing how God is ALWAYS with us.
I can see it now as Satan approches the throne from searching the earth as he did in Job's day and hear our Father say to him, "have you considered my servant, K ?, she has the faith of Job as well.:)
Blessings to you as you faithfully serve the Father,