Two weeks ago I spoke about having crazy faith. I really feel more and more that I am being called upon to exercise just that. I am thinking of making some changes in my life right now, career-wise, but it’s hard. It’s hard because it would require getting out of my comfort zone, essentially getting rid of my safety net, and jumping!
A few months ago, I got to worrying about my health. You see, at my (relatively) young age, I am already suffering from an arthritic condition. So I got to feeling sorry for myself, and fretting about how much worse my condition would get and whether I would eventually become disabled, etc. And then somewhere in the middle of all that worrying, I had an “epiphany” if you will. It wasn’t a voice that spoke to me, but more like a sudden realisation. It was along the lines of: “If God has taken care of you up to this point, why would he stop now?” That stopped my worrying in its tracks. That did the trick.
The truth is no matter how many times God has come through for us, with each new difficulty we face, we greet it as a completely novel problem, as if somehow it is bigger than anything God has taken on before. I think single Christian women, in particular, often worry about whether they will ever get married, have children, or whether they will remain lonely forever. We forget that the God who has carried us through every day of our single lives thus far will be around in the future. We forget that this same God has a plan for our lives, a plan to prosper us and not to harm us.
Last week I was inspired by the story behind the hymn “It is well”. You can read about the life of Horatio Spafford, who penned this marvellous hymn. Here is a man who was essentially a modern-day Job, who lost all his children, plus property and fortune. Yet, instead of turning his back on God he wrote “when sorrows like sea billows roll… it is well with my soul”.
That’s the sort of faith in God I want to have: crazy faith. How about you?
Do you ever have doubts about God? Have you ever doubted whether He really is who people say He is? Or perhaps you have doubts about His very existence or his faithfulness. It’s hard when after several years of being a Christian, when you thought you had it all together, and you were beyond the stage of needing spiritual milk, you end up questioning the very foundation of what you believe in. Continue reading →
This world can be overwhelming! Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed and disillusioned by all the evil and darkness in the world? We turn on the television or surf the internet and we come across so much news about death and destruction, massacres, sexual immorality and the list goes on. And we don’t even have to watch the news because around us in our daily lives, there are so many examples of man’s estrangement from God. The world is filled with deceit and lies, disloyalty, unfaithfulness, and plain selfishness. With so much darkness all around, Christians can begin to feel like all hope is lost, that we have lost the battle of helping to make this world a better place. Sometimes, we may even be tempted to give in to lure of evil ourselves.
I had one of those moments of feeling overwhelmed some time ago, and this was the revelation/enlightening I received: Continue reading →