Archive for February 23, 2010
February 23, 2010 1 comment
When difficult times come, there are really only two ways to respond. You can see yourself as a victim and spend a lot of time complaining about your circumstances, and just sit back waiting for things to get better. Or, you can refocus on what you believe, clarify what you think God wants you to do, and move forward in faith, anticipating what new opportunities He will bring.
Most people would like to see themselves in the latter camp – not responding to difficulty as a grumbler, but as one who is able to look ahead to the future with hope. But the challenge is that it is a lot easier to have faith when things are going well, as opposed to when you’re facing hardships.
This, of course, is where faith is put to the test.
The Bible tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb.11:1). When we have faith, we are able to see what is not yet realized, believing it one day will be, and then act accordingly.
So, how do you have the faith to see those things that are hoped for in a way that you can go after them with courage and confidence?
Here are the essentials for nurturing your faith in that direction.
First off, consistently worship God every week. Building your own faith begins here, because your hope for the future is not generated from your own resources – it comes from the grace God provides. Give Him the praise due His Name as the Lord over all. But also receive of His forgiveness, direction, and presence in order to be renewed and equipped to fulfill God’s calling upon your life.
Also, nurture the relationships within your own family. Nothing will sink your spirits more quickly than trouble at home. Take time to foster the relationships of those who are close you do. As you do what’s necessary to develop the ties within your family, it will do much to encourage you as you do battle in the world. If your first step toward improving these relationships means asking forgiveness, do it.