“…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
This scripture from Romans is a round-about way of teaching 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 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, loss of a job, or a bad economy. It’s like when my late husband and I were given a week to decide if we would take a job transfer. We prayed, “We will move to Texas, Lord, but you know we don’t want to go!”
A year later we were transferred to Chicago, because that is where God wanted us. There is no way we would have considered moving to Chicago without going through Texas first.
Dear Lord, help me believe so my faith may grow and become strong for when I need it the most. Amen.