A Little Faith Goes a Long Way

Having Faith When Life Seems Impossible

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Life has its ups and downs. It’s a matter of fact. Everything can be going so well in someone’s life. They feel blessed, happy, healthy, and so on and then all of a sudden, wham! Their life changes in an instant. They feel alone, depressed, sick, you know the drill. They don’t know what they are facing or if they’ll ever get out of it.

Has this happened to you? It has happened to me, and the fear of not knowing drives me crazy! I am the kind of person that likes to know the outcome and how to work through to reach that outcome.

In life, if I am at “Point A” and have to get to “Point B” I want to know and plan how to get from A to B. I want to know the ins and outs of how to get through whatever it is in order to reach the end. But that’s not having faith, that’s having control.

Control is what we are used to having. We want maintain the influence that we have the complete power and authority to live our lives. Faith is the opposite. It is acknowledgement that we do not have complete control in our lives. There are things we cannot do, and faith comes into play when we give God complete trust for Him to do what is best in our lives.

Faith sounds crazy doesn’t it? I mean, what the heck is it? Hebrews 11:1 defines it as this,

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

The assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. If we knew the outcome of everything in our lives, then faith wouldn’t be needed. Faith wouldn’t even exist. But it does, and it is incredibly difficult to have sometimes.

I am reminded of a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In the movie, Indiana Jones is forced to go through three different trials to retrieve the Holy Grail in order to save his father. In the final trial, Indy must cross a giant chasm, but it looks like there is nothing there to cross it with. It looks impossible, but he cannot give up and turn around because by doing so, his father will die. Indy realizes that the final trial is a test of faith. He has to have faith that there is something there that will lead him to cross the chasm. He takes a moment and then takes the “leap of faith” and behold, he is standing on a bridge to get him across.

That is exactly what faith looks like. We might know the outcome of something in our life, but we might not know how to get there. It might seem impossible, but if we have faith in God, He will get us through it.

In the hardest of times and even when times are easy, faith is important to live by. We might not know where we are being led to, or how we will be led about, but we need to trust God to lead us.

I know, it can be hard at times to have faith when we want to have control, but having faith over control is a surrender of self to God, and a blessed trust in Him.

Whatever in life you might be facing, have faith and trust in God. It will be scary, but in the end it’ll all work out. How? Romans 8:28 says,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

If you follow God and know Him through His son, Jesus Christ, He works for you. He is on your side. All things that are good will work together for you. Do not fear or be anxious. Everything will be alright.

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