I’ve been thinking a lot about faith lately – especially after my mom was diagnosed with cancer – what to believe for in a specific situation, when to cling on to hope, and when to surrender to God’s sovereignty. Settling for what I finally decide to be the right mindset can be very difficult at times.
Believing is not hard for me, usually. The Lord has blown my mind away enough times to make it easy. But I’m still human, and my faith falters sometimes.
This morning, however, I was greatly encouraged when I read about the announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary His mother. Mary’s cousin Miriam called her “blessed” for believing God’s incredible promises to her (Luke 1:45) despite the impossibility of her circumstances and the hardships ahead.
Being a pragmatist, I shy away from clinging “by faith” onto a desired outcome – one we may relentlessly hang on to not because we’ve heard a clear directive from God but because the alternative is just too horrible. But people like me run the risk to turn into pessimists and tend to forget the powerful role faith can play in the life of a believer.
The Bible clearly states that it is by faith that we receive the promises of God and that, without it, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). Faith also gives us the power to go on when life could easily zap all strength away from us. Faith can change our attitude, our feelings, our outlook, and even the outcome – as God wills – when we choose to believe in what He can do.
In my case, this renewed knowledge about faith has encouraged me greatly and has energized my prayer life. I might not know exactly what to ask for or how to pray at all times. But I know that faith can and will move mountains, so I should never stop asking nor believing that for God nothing is impossible. And I can rest in the knowledge that He is someone I can fully trust and that His will for me and mine is always good. Always.