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Striving to be more faithful

Today I was reminded that the book of Genesis talks about families and conflict. This book also speaks to how the people dealt with the conflicts,and how God was faithful in the midst of that conflict. I was reminded that no matter what I do, or don’t do, that I can not stop the plan, or will of God.

I was also reminded of the fact, that God’s will happens, within his timing, and not my own. Understanding this helps me to realize that I need to have faith in what God says in his word. All through the bible God makes promises and he keeps them. The bible says “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”. What do we have faith in? There are many things in this world that can distract us from our faith in God. Are we able to be content with God’s will for our lives? Do we have enough faith to believe that God has a plan and purpose for our life? Are we willing to be still and listen to God so that he can reveal that plan and purpose?

The conflict that happens with our faith is that we take matters into our own hands. We want to be in control of our own lives. We do not want other people telling us what to do. As children, and young adults, we yearn for the day to stand on our own two feet, and make our way in this world. Having faith in God does not mean we are mindless puppets. It also does not mean that we are too weak to deal with reality, or that we are looking for some sort of crutch. It does not mean, that we use faith as an excuse to blame someone else for our failures.

Having a sense of direction and goals in life is good. Realizing that we do not understand everything and that we are prone to making mistakes, will help us to look to our faith for the strength to go on. Some would say that being a person of faith means that all your troubles are over, but that is far from being true. Living by faith, means that we put our trust in God and that we release the control of our lives to him. The more we pursue God in our lives, the easier it is to recognize his voice, and to trust him with our lives. The road to faithfulness is filled with a life time of learning many lessons.

One of the ways that God proves his faithfulness to us, is by allowing us to be in a place where we are not able to control the situation. When we get to that point, we can chose to fight or we can let go of the circumstances of life, and let God do what only God is able to do. That does not mean that we can live life irresponsibly, or with reckless abandon. Some times we wind up in bad places, because of bad life choices. God does forgive us of bad decisions, but part of the lesson might be living through the circumstances.

Living a life of faith in God, means that our hope is in someone higher than ourselves. My hope is in Christ and his blood and righteousness. I believe that he shed his blood on the cross for the sins of man, and that he defeated death, and that he loves us very much. My hope is that I can have faith in the word of God, and when I do get in the way and screw up, that he is there to pick me up, dust me off and put me back on the right path.

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  1. It is hard sometimes to stay out of the way and not control situations. We have to let God take control. This means when it comes to finances and when it comes to getting jobs! I continue to pray that God leads me to the right job.