Thursday, March 8, 2012

If you're in a dark place...

At times, the promise seems merely a crack in otherwise leaden skies…

This morning, words from lesson eight in With Christ in the School of Prayer:

“There is a faith that sees the promise, and embraces it, and yet does not receive it. It is when the answer to prayer does not come, and the promise we are most firmly trusting appears to be of none effort, that the trial of faith, more precious than of gold, takes place. It is in this trial that the faith that has embraced the promise is purified and strengthened and prepared in personal, holy fellowship with the living God, to see the glory of God. It takes and holds the promise until it has received the fulfillment of what is has claimed in a loving truth in the unseen but living God.”

These words reminded me of a Charles Wesley hymn which refers to God’s ability to raise us up just as he raised Christ:

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone;
Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries, “It shall be done!”

The truth is when storm clouds gather; sometimes it’s hard to keep believing.

Let me rephrase, it’s hard for me to keep believing.

But it’s just then in that shadowy  place, the miracle happens. God enables our frail faith to grow strong and grasp His promise as though we‘d already received it. And in time as we hold on…

The clouds begin to disperse and the glory of God appears, his promises fulfilled.

So latch onto faith. I’m holding on with you, friends, for the transcendent promises of God.

"The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see" (Heberews 11:1 Message).

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