Faith Can Take a Beating

This is how we fight our battles. Taking on our foes and defeating our enemy is not a theory or mystery. The word of God tells stories of how ordinary, everyday people trusted in the miracle-working promise and power of God, and saw the victory of God. This week's devos focus on miracles. Because reading and contemplating on God's great power helps us to be more confident in, and expectant of, God working in our battles as our warrior King. So read, pray and fight on!

Read:

"For the word of the Lord is upright; and all hid work is done in faithfulness.” Psalm 33.4

Reflect:

Adversity can make us adverse to God. We tend to think our Christianity can only function and grow when conditions are just right. We see faith as fragile, that can shift with the wind, but this text shows us a truth about faith and God’s commitment to us.

Faith can take a beating. It can stick it out through the storm and drought. Faith is fierce, it can survive the onslaught of life. Because in the midst of the tough stuff of life, faith holds firmly to one unshifting truth.

God sticks with us. He's dependable, He's always there for us. Not in some abstract way, but in relationship with us. 

This is why Christians can look back over a long life, crisscrossed cruelties, tragedies, unexpected set-backs, sufferings, disappointments, and depressions. They survey the rough terrain and see it as a road of blessing, it becomes praise. God sticks and stays in personal relationship with us. 

The central reality for believers is the personal, unalterable commitment God makes to us. Perseverance in times of despair is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness. We survive in the way of faith, not because we possess incredible fortitude, but because He sticks with us.  

Respond:

What are the ways God has stuck with you?