Faith: A Place of Rest
What do you think of when you feel the need to increase your faith? Often, the word that comes to mind is….EFFORT. We think of Hebrews 11:1….
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
And we think of the Who’s Who that follows in the rest of the chapter and the great things they believed God for. Then we see the unclimbable mountain in front of us, grit our teeth and try really hard to trust God more. But over the years I’ve come to understand that there’s an ease that comes with faith. A quiet and sure “knowing.” Right now I’m walking through a season filled with questions and uncertainty. One day, I hit a wall and said, “Lord, I need you to do something today. I’m not sure how to walk this out today.” Then I heard the Holy Spirit say to my heart, “Just sit with Me and rest.” And I thought, yeah. I can do that. There was a stillness and peace that washed over me. That’s faith. I still didn’t have any answers. But I understood in that moment that God was in control. Seated. Enthroned. I didn’t have to figure anything out. God’s bigger than my circumstances. I left it all to Him. Faith really comes down to trust…it’s letting go of our own efforts to make something happen and simply believing God. That’s not to say He doesn’t want us to take action sometimes. We have a part to play, but it needs to be in obedience to His leading. I want to encourage you today that faith doesn’t have to be hard. If you want to increase your faith, remember the times God has come through for you. Go to the Word and read about His goodness. His greatness. His faithfulness. Faith will rise out of that and give you a place to rest.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NIV)