READ: ROMANS 15
There is peace in believing. Where we find our greatest need to believe God is often in the midst of the storms in life. We rarely need to be reminded to believe, or even recognize the requirement, when life is tranquil, right? Instead, it’s in those hard moments that look anything but peaceful where we have a promised peace.
Peace comes from knowing and trusting and when our surroundings start to contrast what faith promotes, we can weaver in our believe. When the ground we stand on gets shaky and we struggle to make sense of things, we can start to entertain questions like:
Does God even see what’s happening here?
Does He really hear my prayers and love me if this is where He’s leaving me?
If God never leaves me, why do I feel alone in this?
Entertaining these questions in the difficult spaces of life slowly chip away at our ability to believe God. It’s that famous mantra, “What you think about you bring about.” And the opposite of the life breathing encouragement found in Philippians 4:8 that instructs us to keep our mind set on whatever is true, honorable, lovely. When we spend time thinking (and let’s be real, often obsessing) about our fears, doubts, and the ‘what if’s’ of life, those thoughts over grow our minds and smother the truth we know.
To believe is to have that firm conviction of the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something No. Matter. What. As believers, that something is God. Believing that God is good (all the time), His word is true and can be trusted (always), takes a daily habit of intentionality seeking God each day for encouragement and a built-up faith. It takes reaching up and taking hold of the Holy Spirits help for your every day.
When we allow our minds to travel down the rabbit hole of doubt it not only affects our believe but it slowly squelches our hope.
We have the greatest instruction manual for life at our fingertips. And not just any life but an abundant life. The word of God is written for you and is applicable for your life right now, not only to breath life into your day but to be a hope amplifier. Take a little time today to read the bible and find encouraged for your soul today. And in so doing, unlock a living full of hope!
IMAGE: Jens Kreuter