Gotta Have Faith
By Robin Houde
Charles Spurgeon said this about walking by faith: "Happy is that man who steadfast, upright, cheerful, goes from strength to strength, believing his God! Trusting in his God, he knows no care; resting in his God he knows no impossibility."
When we have Faith in God, knowing that He's going to take care of us, we have zero worries. We can rest easy and sleep peacefully because we know God can do the impossible.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) "Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
Living by faith, however, is not as easy as it seems. We all have our moments when we do doubt the Lord. Even Abraham, the father of faith, had his moments.
I have a friend that recently shared an experience with me that taught her and her kids about faith and trusting God when her family was having some financial difficulties.
A few days before her husband was supposed to be paid, he was notified that his paycheck wasn't going to be issued until the following week. He knew that this had the potential to cost them a lot in overdraft fees, so he called his wife immediately to give her the news.
She did what any good Christian wife would do- she prayed for a miracle and gave the situation to God. After praying she felt confident that God was going to provide for them.
Friday morning came and there was still no deposit in their account but she was still believing it would show up. Time was ticking though and she knew the withdrawals were going to be taken out and she feared all of the overdraft fees so, she did what many of us would do - she began constructing a backup plan just in case God didn't come through.
She continued to check the account while securing enough funds to cover them until the check was deposited. She went to Western Union, picked up the cash, and deposited it in the bank. Feeling relieved as she pulled away from the bank's drive through, she glanced down at her deposit receipt and noticed that the account balance was more than double what it should've been. She couldn't believe her eyes - there must be some mistake she thought.
She pulled over and quickly logged into her mobile banking app and there was the deposit from her husband's employer - the one they said wouldn't be deposited until the following week and just above it was the evidence of her lack of faith in God - the deposit she just made, the "backup plan".
I can certainly relate to this story. I think we've all been here. We seem to place God on a timer - "God, I'll have faith until 3pm, but if you don't show up by then, I'll just go ahead and figure out my own way. Thanks, but I got this."
Romans 8:28 (NIV) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
It's in those moments when I'm really living by faith and believing God to the fullest and He shows up that amazes me. It's also in those times for me that I'm ashamed of the times when I didn't have faith and trust that He'd come through for me.