It is what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going
2 Corinthians 5:7
A story ends with someone living happily after, or someone being shot at the end.
“But life seldom provides such definitive endings. Life is ambiguous, there are loose ends. It takes maturity to live with the ambiguity and chaos, the absurdity and the untidiness. If we refuse to live with it we exclude something, and what we exclude may very well be essential and dear – the hazard of faith, the mysteries of God.” – Run with the Horses
Hazards of faith found in the Bible
Faith Child, I have suggested memorizing Bible verses in my earlier blogs. These verses are primer verses we should have in mind to ward off sudden enemy attack or to counter our doubts and fears, or feeling plain weak against odds that we face like temptations. We need the Word as the basis for right answers for endurance.
Anxiety : the slightest incident can trigger fears, doubts and anxieties. It is in uncertainty when we need the peace of God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Brokenhearted : caused not only by death of a loved one, also when loved ones or those with whom we have high expectations, greatly disappoint us for whatever reason they might have. Then to know His Presence helps us affirm that He is in control, we should not depend on frail humans, and He will see us through and provide the healing we need in His time.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Confusion : Because we are not omniscient, limited knowledge of any situation or persons may cause confusion. We need not fear because He is Omniscient. We need not panic, just ask Him for guidance, wisdom, discernment. He will bring order.
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace … 1 Corinthians 14:33
Defeat : When we feel defeated or in despair, hope is gone. We may be crushed but we have a Hope that is larger than any foe or impending disaster. He is our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ who can bring healing and resolution to every situation. Trust Him and He shall direct our paths.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair … 2 Corinthians 4:8
Disappointment : His thoughts are higher than ours and so are His ways . We may not understand His ways but if we trust Him with faith the size of a mustard seed, we can see mountains moving for He is the God of the impossible if it is good for us and in His will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
Doubt : Jesus is God – He does not lie, neither does He change. His Word will stand forever. Man will fail but God’s word will be ever true. Jesus said:
I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20
Failure : Humans are prone to fail as perfection was lost with Adam and Eve. It is no surprise. What is important is we must not let the enemy keep us down. We must get up in the strength of the Lord for we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus and it is He (not in our own strength) that lifts us up.. so receive His help to rise on eagle’s wings again.
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Proverbs 24:16
Fear: When we have fear we perceive that our problem is bigger than God. In reality God is bigger than any problem we might face. So resist the fear(which originates from the devil) in Jesus name and claim the power, love and self control that the Holy Spirit offers and walk on water! Be daring in the will of the Lord to do whatever He says to do. Follow the Lord not the devil.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Impatience : When we come to the end of ourselves, feeling frustrated and impotent, we become impatient to know the next step, however the will of the Lord is that we learn patience, trust and dependence on Him and we just have to wait patiently. It is then we must also learn the secret power of giving thanks in everything – when we abandon everything we hold to the Lord’s control and will.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
Impossibilities : Limited humans perceive impossibilities. Our unlimited God is all powerful and specializes in making all things possible. Be glad we have an Omnipotent God! Jesus said it!
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
Inability : Sure we cannot in ourselves for we are humans. Understand it is God who makes all grace abound to us. When that happens, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.!” Praise the Lord.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Lacking Direction : When we face an unknown future we look into the face of the control limitations of man. It is then we have no option but to trust in the Lord who knows everything including our future. If we do not turn to Him, we may wander unnecessarily in the paths of unrighteousness then it will be from the frying pan into the fire. Let us be wise to seek His will and to follow Him when we hear His voice.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6
Rejection : It hurts to be rejected. Thank God He calls us to Himself and did not reject even while we were in sin. He loves us with an everlasting love. Emmanuel God with us. Never will He leave us alone.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
Temptation : It is so common to man but the Lord is with us and will make a way of escape when we have reached our limit. So resist the devil and he will flee from you. Do not succumb at all cost. The Lord is your refuge and strength.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Tiredness : When the battle is long, one gets tired. Then let the Lord renew your strength. He will help you endure and persevere till you gain the victor’s crown. Look ever to Jesus. In your weakness you will find His strength. Amen.
… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
So dear Faith Child, we will run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.
Behold He comes.. in the clouds………….even so come Lord Jesus!