I ate dinner on Monday with a precious friend who loves the Lord and listened compassionately to my growing list of life concerns – the biggest of which is our adoption.
The next morning, she sent me a beautiful, encouraging email. For those of you who are also waiting on God to move mountains in your life, revel in the verses she sent:
“Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” – Jeremiah 32:17
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” – Jeremiah 32:27
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20
She also reminded me that FAITH can either save us from our trials, or bring us through our trials.
If my faith weren’t faltering now, then the seemingly endless political walls that are keeping us from our child wouldn’t feel so strong, or so painful.
So I’ve been wondering, how do you strengthen your faith? Unfortunately, the Biblical answer seems to suggest that faith is often strengthened through struggles. Trails by fire. (James 1)
Give me grace to get through it. Don’t spare me from the trials, because clearly I need the faith. Faith that is worth more than gold. (I Peter 1:7)
I’m buckling up. I have a feeling this is going to be a bumpy ride… but I am looking forward to some “golden” faith!
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18
I am staring into a fiery furnace, wondering whether God intends to send me through it for the sake of growing my faith. The world says that if I just bow down to the fear, rather than to God, then I can avoid the trials. Adoption is hard. Faith is hard. The world says, “Just bow down to your fear, and it will all be over. You don’t need to enter the fire.” But I am not willing to trade “faith worth more than gold” for lifeless golden gods.
What golden gods will I refuse through the strength of “faith worth more than gold”? Through Christ, I will refuse to bow down to:
There are a million other “gods” that could steal my heart when I look at the problems surrounding our adoption, rather basking in the might of our Savior. What gods will you turn from today by placing your faith in the God who is “able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think”?