Faith is Not Just For Heroes

When we think of great biblical heroes such as Moses (leading a nation out of slavery) or Daniel (prayer warrior, lion’s den survivor!), or even Mary at the moment understanding that she was carrying the Savior of the world, we think, “if I just had their faith!” As if they had been given a superhero pill or wand that gave them great feats of wisdom and internal strength.These people were not super or heroes. They were normal as they come…., snoring, insecurities, worries about their future. Yet they chose to place their trust in something bigger than themselves.Yet, how often do we put these types of extra-faithful people then and now on a pedestal? As if by being faithful they had a red carpet rolled out in front of them to make the path trip-free and full of glory.  But that is not their story. It was precisely their faithfulness that got them into trouble. It is their faithfulness that caused suffering, total loss of control over their lives, nail biting, sweat producing anxiety in moments of fear and unknown.

These heroes, then and now, they make it look so easy. We forget that the floor routine that scored a perfect 10 took years in the making, with a lot of failure and bowing out of the back tuck at the last second.

Why pursue faith?  Because it is where we meet God face to face, and his best is revealed in our lives. When we take the step of faith, trusting that God’s will is better than our own, putting aside our own agendas and emotional pulls toward what we think is good, we find great great joy.  We experience the best in the situation (best relationship, best growth opportunity, best work situation, best healing, best new path). 
Maybe God is asking you to remember a time you were faithful and He came through in all his glory and “best-ness”?We all can do this, this journey of faithfulness. It just takes putting one foot in front of the other, each day, each moment sometimes. And as we step, praying, “God, keep me strong even when I can’t see the future, guide me, let me hear your voice. I know you are there, help me focus on you and not the distractions and worries of the world. Remind me that you love me and have my best interest in mind. I trust you.”Being faithful isn’t easy. It wasn’t then, and it isn’t now. It takes practice, and the joy of seeing God show up, which gives us confidence to have faith again, and again, and again.

Photo: When we think of great biblical heros such as Moses (leading a nation out of slavery) or Daniel (prayer warrior, lion's den survivor!), or even Mary at the moment understanding that she was carrying the Savior of the world, we think, "if I just had their faith!"  As if they had been given a superhero pill or wand that gave them great feats of wisdom and internal strength.</p><br />
<p>The were not super or heros. They were normal as they come...., snoring, insecurities, worries about their future.  Yet they chose to place their trust in something bigger than themselves. </p><br />
<p>We put these types of extra-faithful people then and now on a pedestal.  As if by being faithful they had a red carpet rolled out in front of them to make the path trip free and full of glory.  Yet that is not their story. It was their faithfulness that got them into trouble.  It is their faithfulness that caused suffering, total loss of control over their lives, nail biting, sweat producing anxiety in moments of fear and unknown. </p><br />
<p>These heros, then and now, they make it look so easy.  We forget that the floor routine that scored a perfect 10 took years in the making, with a lot of failure and bowing out of the back tuck at the last second. </p><br />
<p>We all can do this, this journey of faithfulness.  It just takes putting one foot in front of the other, each day, each moment sometimes.  And as we step, praying, "God, keep me strong even when I can't see the future, guide me, let me hear your voice.  I know you are there, help me focus on you and not the distractions and worries of the world. Remind me that you love me and have my best interest in mind.  I trust you." </p><br />
<p>Being faithful isn't easy.  It wasn't then, and it isn't now.  It takes practice, and the joy of seeing God show up, which gives us conficence to have faith again, and again, and again.

 

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