“But without faith it is impossible to please God!” – (Hebrews 11:6)… When I hear those words it takes me back to when I was twenty years old and I was travelling around the world in a Christian band.
The leader of that band was Terry Law. Terry had a sermon entitled ‘The Silence of God’ where he told the story of putting the original Living Sound team together. A group of young men and women joined him, travelled around for months raising money and then heading overseas to do what God had called them to do. But the next thing that happened was rejection by the country they were headed to, sitting in another foreign country with no money, forlorn and dejected with no concerts and a lot of questions. God was silent.
I have been there. Rejection and sitting there with little or no money and lots of questions. Sometimes God is silent. God has a way of testing your faith. He has tested the faith of men and woman for thousands of years. God tested Noah. He tested Abraham and Sarah. God tested David and Daniel and so many more. When God is silent, He is often waiting to see if you really believe the other part of that verse… “because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”
Do you believe that God exists and that He rewards you when you seek Him? I believe that, I have spent my life living that out. I have seen God come through time after time.
At this moment, I am in the ‘faith’ part of the experience. A time when God is silent. He is not letting me know what lies ahead. But, my faith is not in faith. My faith is in God, who time and time again has proved that He is faithful. My faith is in God, who has always supplied my needs. My faith is in the One who has done beyond what I could ask or think. My faith is in the Creator, the Mighty One, the Lord of heaven and earth!
The ‘faith’ waiting room can be scary at times. Because frankly, we are human, and humans have doubts. We often have fear of the unknown. We do not know what lies beyond the next bend.
But God does see what is ahead. He has walked with me and lead me my whole life. He has proved Himself, time and time again, to be a loving, faithful God. He has constantly directed my paths in amazing ways. So God…. my faith is in You! I trust You, Lord… with all of my heart!
P.S. At the end of Terry’s story, God opened up some amazing doors and used that team to minister to hundreds of thousands. But it all starts with faith that “He exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”
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