No one likes bad news. I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly enjoy hearing about something negative on the horizon. But the truth is that we all face the impossible at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s a job situation or a financial struggle. Or perhaps you’re facing an illness of some kind. Regardless of the situation, we’ve all felt like David facing Goliath… a seemingly hopeless battle.
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Faith isn’t easy. In fact, it can be downright hard. As Christians, we know that faith comes with the territory. It’s one of the most crucial aspects of being a Christ follower. Most of us don’t have a problem when it comes to having faith in Jesus. We believe in who He is and what He did for us on the cross. And we believe that God is the one true God who loves us deeply. We even believe in what He can do in the lives of others. But faith in what God can do in our own lives… that’s the hard part… trusting Him when we face the impossible and are in need of a miracle.
Miracles were a part of Jesus’ ministry, but do miracles still happen today?
I once attended a Bible study that took on that very question. The conclusion was that yes, miracles still happen. But my very well-intentioned leader struggled with the idea of standing in faith for miracles. She told our class that we shouldn’t stand in faith for miracles because it would ruin our faith if the miracle didn’t happen.
I understood her heart at that moment. Sometimes people don’t get healed. Sometimes the job never comes. But does that mean we shouldn’t believe for these things? Should I stop praying for healing?
Since when did it become a bad thing for me to teach my daughters that God is in the business of doing the impossible in our lives?
- Faith is an act of obedience to God. Not only did Jesus command us to have faith, but the Bible actually says it’s impossible to please God without it. (Hebrews 11:6) Faith is the assurance that everything God says is true.
- Faith stems from the hope we have in Christ. In God’s Word, hope is defined a bit differently than we define it today. Hope is defined as “great expectation.” Worldly hope leaves room for doubt. We hope for things not knowing the outcome. But biblical hope knows the outcome. Our hope in Christ is secure, and there is no room for doubt.
- God is faithful. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As I teach my young daughters the stories of the Bible, I can’t help but notice the miraculous. Yes, Jesus did miracles throughout His ministry, but the miraculous has been present since the beginning of time. Noah, Abraham, Elijah, Jonah, Samuel, David, Daniel, Isaiah… these are just a few of the HUNDREDS of names throughout the Old Testament who experienced God’s miracles first-hand. In fact, I’m not sure I can think of a Bible story that doesn’t include the supernatural power of God.
With that in mind, wouldn’t it be safe to assume that God enjoys working in our lives in supernatural ways?
Now that doesn’t mean we won’t have to spend time waiting. When Abraham was promised a child in his old age, he and his wife waited 25 years for God to fulfill that miraculous promise! Standing in faith is just that… standing strong until your miracle comes.
The truth is that our faith isn’t weakened during times of waiting, but rather God uses this time to strengthen our faith. I have personally experienced this in my own life and have known others who have experienced the same. Standing firm in God’s promises yields a reliance on Him that only waiting can produce. It is through waiting patiently in prayer that God prepares us for all He has in store for us.
Standing in faith when we face the impossible strengthens and prepares us for all God has planned for our lives.
So is it worth it? Should I teach my daughters to believe in the miracles of God even when they face the impossible? Is faith worth the risk?
Let me ask you this… is anything we do for God a “risk”?
If the Bible tells me to trust God in all things and that I serve a God who enjoys displaying His power in our lives… wouldn’t it be a greater risk to NOT have faith?
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. – Micah 7:7
*Unless otherwise indicated, scripture quotations taken from the NASB.