Trial of Faith
Mark 9:23, 11:22, John 11:40
10-31-20, * -- Some have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, and it may be so in the initial stages. However, we don't earn anything through faith— faith brings us into the right relationship with God and gives Him His opportunity to work in us.
Occasionally, God has to knock the bottom out of our experience as His saint to get us in direct contact with Himself. He wants us to understand that it is a life of faith, not a life of emotional enjoyment of His blessings.
The beginning of our lives of faith was very narrow and intense, centered around a small amount of experience that had as much emotion as faith in it; it was full of light and sweetness. Then God withdrew His conscious blessings to teach us to “walk by faith” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
And we are worth much more to Him now than we were in our days of conscious delight with our thrilling testimony.
Faith by its very nature must be tested and tried. And the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character must be proven as trustworthy in our own minds. Faith being worked out into reality must experience times of unbroken isolation. Never confuse the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life, because a great deal of what we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of just being alive.
Faith, as the Bible teaches it, is faith in God coming against everything that contradicts Him — a faith that says, “I will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do.” The highest and the greatest expression of faith in the whole Bible is-- “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). *Archives of Oswald Chambers here
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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