It’s a new week and maybe this will be the week you see progress towards all you’re waiting for. There’s enough hope in fresh starts to consider smiling on a Monday… except…
Except there is no evidence anything good is coming your way. I thought about evidence a lot this weekend. Standing under the twinkling lights of a classic Mobile, Alabama street party, where reality fades and all feels like that enchanted scene from the movie Big Fish… Do you remember that scene?
|Big Fish, via|
|Mobile street party from my husband’s phone|
But twinkle and ambiance wane, and the harsh light of Monday morning blazes, revealing all we lack,
You only see proof of one thing: your prayers haven’t been answered yet.
|Big Fish, the morning after, via|
You want to believe your prayers will be answered. You want to claim the victory your pastor says you have in Christ. But the facts around you are just so grim.
Last week, I saw doubt in the faces of my teenage Sunday school students. I asked them this question: “If, when Christ died on the cross, He really won the battle over sin, sickness, and death, then why is this world still so sinful, sick, and full of death?” They squirmed and shrugged their shoulders.
Don’t we squirm under that same question? If Jesus was victorious, then why am I, a Jesus-follower, feeling such defeat? Christians believe we have hope for the afterlife, but where do we find our hope for a thousand harshly lit Mondays on planet Earth?
Where is the evidence that God is working in my wait?
These are the thoughts I had about you, and about evidence, as I stood at a street party Saturday night, gazing at a tree whose arms had caught a dozen fallen stars. Abraham, too, once gazed up at a million glittering, twinkling lights, when God told him he’d be the start of a people as numerous as the stars in the sky. And old Abraham with the barren wife? He believed God, rather than the crummy evidence.
“Against all hope, even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping — believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, ‘That’s how many descendants you will have!'” Romans 4:18 NLT
Don’t you love that verse!
Can we, like Abraham, believe in God’s good plan for us… against all hope? Even when there is no reason for hope? Can we keep hoping? Believing?
This week, I issue you a challenge:
- Make a list of every “bad evidence” in your life… all those circumstances that make you feel like God isn’t working for you right now.
- Pray over this list, confessing out loud that God is greater than [insert bad evidence here], regardless of what you see with your eyes.
- Ask God to give you faith that His timing is right and loving.
This week, we’re claiming victory.
We’re clutching it and celebrating it, despite all our eyes see.
If you’re brave, share your crummy circumstances in the comment section using this format:
“I confess, God is greater than ___________.”
ex: I confess, God is greater than my negative pregnancy test, my budget in the red, my singleness, etc.
we’ll talk all week about the idea of evidence,
Please consider looking through the comments in this series
and praying for our sisters who wait.
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Linking up today with Michelle DeRusha, Laura Boggess, The Better Mom, and Raising Arrows.