The Thing About Faith

31 Oct

Who knew a post about giving up Diet Dr. Pepper would get so many emails and comments??  :) I felt great yesterday morning, but was really fading by the afternoon with a caffeine withdrawal headache building. I sat at my desk late yesterday and heard someone pop the top on a soda can. I could almost feel the burn of a Diet DP! Haha!! I almost caved and drank one, but I am blessed to work with several people who read this blog – I was afraid one of them would see me! There’s something to be said for accountability! The best part is that I have a few friends who are reducing their consumption or giving it up completely, too! We can do this, girls!!

As you find yourself sitting smack in the middle of a health crisis, difficult situation, personal tragedy, or painful experience think about these words by Oswald Chambers:

God brings us into particular circumstances to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make the object of our faith very real to us. Until we know Jesus, God is merely a concept, and we can’t have faith in Him. – Oswald Chambers | My Utmost for His Highest

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I don’t want God to be just a concept. I want my faith to be real, living, and strong.

There’s more to believing in God and believing God than just saying we do. It requires a conscious decision to trust Him. But no where are we promised that trusting and believing guarantees us a smooth life. Once you become a Christian, your life is not going to be all sunshine and roses. On the contrary, you are going to walk through trials. You can count on facing things that will test your faith and cause you to question what you believe. And that’s how it should be. Truly.

How can our faith grow if it’s not stretched? And how can it be stretched if we are not challenged by adversity? When life is great and things are perfect, we tend to forget our need for God. We begin to rely on our own abilities instead of acknowledging our dependence on God. Without difficulty, there is no need for faith because everything is as we would like.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for – the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

Faith is easy to come by when life is good. It takes no effort at all to believe in the goodness of God when things are going our way. True, deep faith comes to the surface when our world gets turned upside down. When we don’t understand why, when we can’t figure out what to do next, when we are drowning in difficulty – that’s when faith grows. And along with it, we grow.


4 Responses to “The Thing About Faith”

  1. chargaile (Charlotte Askew) October 31, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    So very true about our faith growing and becoming stronger during trials. I have experienced that “stretching” so many times during the past 2 years. Matter of fact, I am going through more stretching right now. Learning to continue in faith when human nature says…there is not a chance of survival.

    After reading your blog yesterday, I decided to give up the diet soda for a few days. The only time I drink it is when I mix it with my wine at night to make a spritzer. However, having about 3 drinks of 4 oz. wine and 8 oz. diet each, added up to be a lot of diet lemon/lime intake. I have the thick middle and pudgy belly and no matter how much weight I lose, those 2 remain. Thanks for the info, I am going to give this a try for several days and see if I can start to shrink those 2 places, even if it is a little.

    Have a great “sunny and windless” Wednesday.

    • rachturner October 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Yay, Charlotte! Glad you are giving up diet soda for a bit. Hope you see good results!

  2. Tranquil Moments Photography October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Beautiful words this morning Rachel. No one said the road would be smooth did they? And of course as you said, it’s easy to have faith when things are going Aok but to really know what faith is about we need to experience some of these dark times as well, that’s when we really discover our “true faith”. Have a super day.

    • rachturner October 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      We were never promised a smooth road, that’s for sure.

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