“If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it – you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked – well, that trusting-him-do-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.” Romans 4:4,5 (The Message Bible)
This scripture from Romans is a round-about way of telling a lesson on faith. You can’t work for it. You can’t see it, taste it, or feel it. It is a sixth sense that can only be developed through walking out on a limb with a chain saw and severing the limb behind you.
It’s easy to say, “I have faith that you will get the job done.” But that isn’t the kind of faith we need to believe. It’s the kind of faith we learn through the hard times in life—when we struggle with illness, death, divorce, lose of job, a bad economy. It’s like when my husband and I were given a week to decide if we would take a job transfer and praying, “Yes, we will move to Texas, Lord, but you know we don’t want to go!” A year later, we ended up in Chicago, because that is where God wanted us.
Dear Lord, it is impossible to understand the process of faith, so please just let me believe that it is my connection to you. Amen.