Having faith in someone is difficult when they have betrayed your trust before. But sometimes faith is difficult even when someone hasn’t betrayed your trust.
Take Adam and Eve, all they had to do in the garden was to believe and have faith in God that what He said was true. If they had done that then they would have just trusted God when He said not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
You see they didn’t have enough faith to fight off the deception that came knocking at the door of their minds.
Isn’t that what happens to us? When we start doubting or wrestling with old hurt feelings we just stop having faith in people, and even God.
When someone offends us we might even lose our faith in God based off what the other person did to us. We might even question God’s presence in our life or even His existence because we wonder how in the world could God allow this to happen.
The thing is faith has always been about the choice.
We all know what Adam and Eve chose in the garden. It definitely wasn’t God. But that’s where the power to choose always gets me, and it actually releases me from the burden to control and to try and manipulate my circumstances, God never controlled them and He has given us choice from the beginning.
In Hebrews 11:6 it says we can’t please God without faith. If we want to know how important faith is to God then I think this scripture and the fact that God gave us the freedom to choose proves how much faith means to Him.
It proves how much OUR faith in HIM means to him.
Have you ever been surprised by someone?
Have you ever just handed over control and just trusted someone to take care of you?
Have you ever given them the opportunity to do the right thing but also knowing that they are able to choose the wrong thing?
You see the true test of faith & what you believe comes when you are given a choice. If we take away someone’s choice to choose between right and wrong, well then I guess we are holding them back from choosing to have faith in God when they move about their daily life.
As my children get older I am learning this lesson very well. I have a daughter who will be 18 years old this year and with that comes a lot of new milestones for me as a mom.
Honestly it has been easier to let my daughter grow up more than I thought because I’ve truly turned to God to protect her.
That’s why it is important for us as parents to train our children while they are still under our authority, and to also build those relationships, too.
How can we find out if someone is trustworthy if we are never put into a position of having faith?
How can we know God is faithful if we are never put into a position where we need to have faith in Him?
How can we prove our faith in God if we don’t ever move forward in placing all that we value into His hands?
It’s never easy getting to this point and it sometimes is a daily choice we need to make, most of the time we need to make faith choices moment by moment.
We need to ask ourself if we are holding on to something because we are afraid to let go, or are we going to let go in faith?
I remember having to make the decision to put my two youngest into public school after we had homeschooled them their whole life. It was not an easy decision to make, however once I realized I was keeping them home out of fear I knew I had to take that next step of faith and let them go.
Once I knew what the step of faith was I then knew it was the step I needed to take.
Even though it took faith to homeschool them in the first place I had realized the fear had turned a step of faith into a lifestyle of control.
Once we begin to try to control everything and we are making our choices out of fear, then that is the moment we remove ourself from a life of faith.
The moment we try to control God, and the circumstances or the people around us, is the moment we lose faith in God.
If we are going to move forward into eternity then we are going to have give up control and grab hold of faith. Even on our death bed we are going to have to cling to our faith. To me there is nothing more vulnerable than someone handing over their life, or their spirit upon death. Often we need to do that throughout life as we hand over control of our life to God.
God is so good to teach us this lesson I truly hope & pray we will learn it before it is too late!
No matter what Christmas was for us in the past, it seems like every year it has the opportunity, and the possibility, to be something completely different and brand new. That’s what Jesus brought with Him as He was born into this world; He brought with Him a clean slate, a fresh start, and something brand new to our lives and to our faith.
Today I invite you to come and take this imperfect advent journey with me to discover the beauty of the good and perfect gifts God has given us through His Son Jesus. Let us journey together to discover what those gifts are, how we can receive those gifts, and most importantly the importance of being a good steward of those gifts.