Merry Christmas!! What better day to talk about faith than today – the day of Jesus’ birth. Mary and Joseph both had strong faith. God sent angels to prepare Mary and Joseph for Jesus’ arrival. Mary and Joseph believed what the Angels said and had faith that God would do just what he said. Earlier in history, Abraham (Jesus’ ancestor), left everything that he had and everyone he knew (except for his wife and nephew) to obey God’s command. Out of their obedience and faith, greatness and miracles occurred.
Many of us profess to have faith in God, His will, His power and his timing. But, faith is also something that a lot of us seem to have a shortage of when things become uncertain (or so we think) or there is change in our lives. We often give God our plan(s) and then become confused when He doesn’t lay our lives out the way we gave it to him. When the rubber meets the road, we talk to our friends about the possible outcomes of various situations. We worry. We doubt. We question whether God is going to answer our prayers and supply our needs.
In the past few days I have determined to be more fearless in my faith. Last week I gave my letter of resignation to my boss. Initially, it was a difficult decision. But, it was the right thing to do. When I first joined the office, I had a 5 year plan. I got comfortable and outstayed my 5 years by 2 years and a couple of months. I am leaving because I have become uncomfortable. It was all God’s doing. He had to push me out of my comfortable position in order to effect change in my life. I am leaving to go into private practice with my father, something I used to talk about doing all the way through college graduation. But, I never did. A few months ago when I decided to take this huge leap, I began to have doubts and what ifs. What if I don’t make enough money? What if I don’t have enough clients? What if this? What if that? What if, what if, what if? But, because of my decision to be fearless in my faith, I feel better and better (read: less stressed :-)) with each passing day.
But, then I had to remind myself that God is NOT a God of what ifs. He is a God of provision (Jehovah Jireh). He is not a God of maybe. He is I Am. He is not a God of uncertainty. He is a God of certainty. Being fearless in your faith means you have expectant faith. Expectant faith sustains you. Expectant faith gives you peace. Expectant faith changes lives. I reminded myself that God is not a man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19). I also reminded myself that God’s word will not return void; it will accomplish that which he sends it to do (Isaiah 55:11).
Today, I encourage you to have expectant faith. Expectant faith is the best type of faith. It means that you believe that with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26) AND that He will give you the desires of your heart, if you delight in him (Psalm 37:4). We have to be more like Mary, Joseph and Abraham – believing that God will do just what he has promised.
I am stepping out on faith and walking deeper into my purpose. I am purposing to have Faith in God’s timing. I am purposing to have faith in God’s plan for my life. I am purposing to be fearless in my faith. I invite you to do the same.
Dear Father, thank you for going before us in every difficult situation and decision. Thank you for the ability to rely on your word during difficult times. Thank you in advance for increased faith. I pray that every act that is prompted by our faith in you brings glory to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Wishing you Christmas Miracles and Blessings,