Sunday, December 20, 2015

Faith is hard work!

We often consider faith as being passive. However faith is hard work.

It was not easy for Christ, when he prayed in the garden of Gethsemaneto commit to going to his death on a cross. If it were he wouldn't have asked his father three times to remove it or broke out in a bloody sweat while asking.

It is not easy to trust in God when things look impossible. 

It's not easy to humble ourselves and depend on him, trusting he is providing for us exactly what is best and most needed at that time when our circumstances seem to indicate just the opposite. 

It's not easy accepting what we think we need is not always what we really need. 

It's not easy believing God is working in the midst of all the craziness in the world, politically, morally and economically. All of these require faith that God is bigger than what's going on and accomplishing his perfect plan, not just for the world but for us personally.

But once we have decided to trust God the struggle stops and we experience a settled calm and peace. The battle inside us ends.

And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

...And he came the third time and said to them (Peter, James and John), "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand." - Jesus. Mar 14:36, 40-42

#Faith #HardWork #Peace #Calm #ThoughtsAboutGod #ThotsAboutGood

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