Saturday, November 22, 2008

What does FAITH mean to you?

So your reading my blog....hope it lives up to your expectations.

Faith: The substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of what we do not see.

What does it mean to you to have faith? Does it mean that you hope for the best in a hopeless, sortof hopeful kind of way? Or does it mean that you firmly believe that God has your best interest at heart, and you will stand on the promises no matter what?

I am interested in knowing how my friends and family respond to this question. This is partly because I am nosey, and partly because I think it addresses the root of some of our issues. If we have true faith, does this mean we are living only in the moment, trusting God to supply each and every need that we have? Or does it mean that we do the best we can for ourselves and believe that God steps in and helps us with the things we can't handle?

Here is an example of what I am talking about:
This summer my world was rocked to the core when Chris and I separated. I have been through a myriad of emotions: from elation to despair. Elation that the negative forces that were dragging me down are now completely removed, despair that the life I have always dreamed of -- mainly a house and children -- were so close, and now so far away. The truth is, I have to believe that God is in the middle of this situation. I have to have faith that He knows what I desire far more than I do, that He can and will supply the Godly husband and household I have always longed after. The thing is, I need to do what I can to make that happen. As long as Chris and I are still married, I have to pray for him. I have to pray for God to show him the road to salvation. I have to pray for his physical, mental and financial well-being. I have to remain pure at heart, protecting myself from the advances of other men. This means setting aside my own ego (flattery will get you everywhere, you know!!) and taking every thought and longing into captivity. Its not an easy road in today's world. But that is what Faith means to me. Whether God makes Chris into a man who loves Christ, or whether this marriage ends, and I have a second chance at a meaningful committment with a Christ-centered Christian man, God has my future securely in His hands. He will make a way, and He will exceed every expectation I have ever had. As long as I have FAITH.

Please feel free to leave comments about what faith means to you, or share your experiences.

1 comment:

  1. I spent some time just last night with a dear sister in Christ and she made the comment and a paraphrase loosely "Sometimes you pray that God gives you your hearts longing and God says If you will wait I will give you better than you can believe." She waited and her life is better than she could have dreamed.

    So hang in there continue to be obediant unto Him and He will bless you beyond your wildest dreams!