Thursday, February 18, 2010

Faith

Lately I've been thinking about faith and what does it mean. I know the Bible describes faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It seems to me that trust is a part of what faith is all about. God gives us faith to receive salvation so we all have a measure of faith. Jesus said faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. To me that means I don't need alot of faith to accomplish great things. If you trust and believe that God can do what he says he can do, that is faith.
I have people tell me if I have enough faith and pray for healing, I will be healed. I do pray for healing and have faith that God can heal me. Remember the mustard sized faith and what it can do? So why hasn't healing come? I can't answer that but I do trust and believe God can provide healing. Did you ever stop and think that it takes just as much faith in God in time of suffering as it does when everything is going our way? Maybe even more so. Paul had a thorn in the flesh that he wanted removed but God chose not to relieve him of whatever it was. So he just endured it to the end.
While I believe God can and does heal, there are times he chooses not to. That does not determine whether I have faith in God or not. To me it means God is trying to accomplish something greater in my life.
Remember the disciples out in the middle of a lake and it began to storm? Even though Jesus was in the boat with them, they lacked the faith (trust) in him to keep them safe. They woke him from his sleep. He chastised them for their lack of faith (trust) to keep them safe even though he was right there with them. He didn't tell them to wait till they had more faith in him to calm the storm, but got up and calmed the storm. They knew what Jesus was capable of doing, they had witnessed it all before. Yet they doubted him when they where afraid. He will provide for us even when we seem to lack faith and have our doubts. Jesus is right there with us even when the storms of this life rage all around us. To me, that is what faith is all about.

7 comments:

Verna Mowday said...

Thanks for the awesome reminder on faith....Love you!

dagen4life said...

Gordie i dont know if i have ever told you this but your story has changed my life. The bike trip done in your honor was the pivotal moment in my faith journey. Now your words, your spirit, your courage are ever encouraging. Thank you for your faith, your love for a God that you dont always understand, and for being an example that many hope to follow. I love you Gordie!

PS - May i have permission to write about how your story has impacted mine in my next blog entry?

Gordie said...

Ryan you have my permission to write whatever you please. Thanks for your kind words.

Chad said...

The lyrics to the Kutless song "i'm still yours" make me think of you. At the concert they explained that the song asks the question, how would we live our life if God took everything away from us? Would we still praise him?

It is evident that even after God has taken some of your physical abilities, your faith is still strong and your love for Him is stronger now than ever. You are an example that we can all follow in our spiritual journeys and I'm thankful for that. Love you Dad!

Marti said...

Hey Gordie .. Charlie & I just read your blog, You are an inspiration to so many people.Charlie said you are his hero !! Thanks for sharing,we love you and are praying for you .

Anonymous said...

hey gordie charlie and i just read your blog. you are an inspiration to so many. charlie said you are his hero!! thanks for sharing. we love you and are praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Gordie - it is so encouraging to read your blog. Your life is truly an inspiration. I think of you when I read Romans 8:28-29. You are definately being conformed to the image of His Son....Jesus. Love and prayers....Wilma