Just recently, I was visiting with a dear, dear friend. We became friends in our pre-teens but drifted apart as we hit adulthood. I moved away. I came home. She moved away. Just last year, she moved back to the area and we began texting here and there. Since then, we’ve been able to get together twice. It’s been wonderful visiting over tea and cinnamon buns, (all while getting interrupted by children.)
The coolest part about connecting again is seeing how I’m still me. For example, I kind of forgot that the girl that giggled and laughed, and had sleep-overs with her friends still exists. It’s cool to remember the hopes and dreams of our youth and see how not everything turned out the way we hoped and that it’s okay.
Our last conversation turned to our relationships with Christ.
Friends, I find it hard to be a Christian, sometimes. I don’t feel “spiritual” or even in tune with God a lot of the time. I became a Christian at the age of 5 years old and I’ve always been what many would call a “good girl.” But I still struggle with knowing whether I’m hearing God’s voice at times. There are times when I’m absolutely certain I’ve heard God’s voice and other times I’m a little (a lot) unsure.
When we are feeling a little unsure of ourselves, it can be easy to turn to things other than God.
Things like our favorite t.v. show.
Pinterest or Facebook.
Our favorite food.
It can also be easy to think to ourselves, “I can’t hear God’s voice anyway, so I’ll stop trying.”
James 2:17 (NLT) So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Walking by Faith can’t be about how you and I feel.
It isn’t about how things look around us.
Walking by Faith first requires that we put our hope in God. (even when we don’t feel like it)
And second, Faith requires that we do something.
Luke 16:10 (KJV) He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
This is where being Faithful comes in.
I often don’t “feel” like reading my Bible or praying, but I choose to do it anyway.
In fact, there was a time where I almost never felt like reading the Bible or praying that lasted a whole year! Though I didn’t read the Bible every single day that year, I did my best and eventually, my passion for Bible reading and prayer returned.
Hebrews 11: 6 (NASB) And without faith it is impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is and [that] He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
I truly believe that God rewards us when we diligently seek after him.
If we truly have a heart that longs to know him, he will meet us where we are at.
Does that mean I always “feel” like reading my Bible and praying?
No, not at all.
But it’s become a part of who I am and I won’t give it up for anything anymore.
Today, I want to encourage you that God is faithful. He will meet you where you’re at. If you read two verses each day and send up a quick, “Lord I need help prayer,” in the middle of the day. He will meet you where you are at.
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