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Faith is a deliberate choice

Rick Meade • May 9, 2020 at 8:30 AM

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God wants us to trust Him on this journey through life, even when nothing makes sense and everything seems wrong. In Hebrews 11:6, we read, “But without faith it is impossible to please him. …” God did not come to eliminate all of the storms from our lives. God came to fill each storm with His presence and power. It’s easy to trust Him when the seas are calm and the skies are clear! However, the strength of our faith is revealed by how we respond in the midst of a raging storm!

Faith is a deliberate choice to believe God even in uncertain times, knowing we can trust Him every step of the way. Trusting God requires that we walk by faith, not by sight.

Today, you may well be facing some measure of uncertainty about your job, your finances, your health, your children, your grandchildren, or even your church. I guess there’s a part of us that would like to know for certain that everything’s going to work out the way we want it to, but faith is choosing to trust God, knowing we are secure in His everlasting arms; faith is surrendering our plans and our future to Him, believing that what He has in mind for us is far better than what we can even imagine; faith is knowing God will be faithful to what He’s promised. When times are uncertain and we are tempted to worry, remember the God we follow today is the same God that brought down the walls of Jericho, parted the Red Sea, and closed the mouths of lions.

Jesus told His disciples, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) He knew we would need His peace. He understood we are prone to worry and struggle with anxiety. His solution is Himself because He is faithful and can be trusted.

Rick Meade is pastor at Lynn Garden Baptist Church in Kingsport.

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