– Virginia’s Article from the July 2016 Newsletter
Faith of a child—
ah, don’t we all want that again? The innocence of being able to believe and not be shaken. We can all learn a lot from a child that has faith.
Lynlea was having a hard time believing that God was hearing her prayers. One day, while playing outside she got a splinter in her finger. I tried to get it out, but of course it wasn’t coming out quickly. Tears streaking down her face, Lynlea said “Mommy, stop. Lets pray for Jesus to help us.” So Lynlea said a little prayer and I tried one more time and it came out with ease.
God’s answer to that simple request, restored her belief that God was listening to her and that He is there for her in ALL things. She hasn’t doubted Him since then. Of course that is not to say that she won’t struggle with this again in her life, but she can look back at that time and remember how He was there for her. He was listening and hearing her voice. In those times of doubt, for ourselves and for our children, we can also look in the Bible to find stories of Faith. David, Abraham and Joseph, to name a few examples. The list goes on and on…
The stories remind and show us how God came through for each one of them. In Hebrews 11, the writer focuses on faith as knowing who God is, and the hope that his promises bring. He shows God’s relationship with the people of the past and not just the end results of the situation, showing how God was with them through it all. God does not always answer every prayer in the way we would like for it to be answered. He knows us and our situations far better than we do and will always provide what He knows we need in those times. God knew in Lynlea’s moment that she needed to know He was there, so He answered her.
One of the greatest lessons that we can learn from these stories is to have faith by believing and trusting God no matter the outcome, even if we don’t see the fulfillment of the promises exactly when or how we would expect. Our faith does not need to be huge. In Matthew 17, it states all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed. When we use our smallest bit of faith we can do incredible things that will bring others to Him.
There is a song called “God is on the Move” by the Christian band 7th Time Down. If you get a chance, look it up and listen to the way God is still moving in the lives of those who have faith in Him. And through that faith, we can see others come to know Him. Faith– feeling assured that God will meet you where you are and trusting that He will always provide, no matter what.