What Faith Does Not Do
I saw this post on social media, and it has helped me. I've felt like my faith has been lacking during this challenging time. Now, I realize my faith is stronger than I thought. One thing I've noticed is I haven't thrown in the towel or threatened to do so. I may make comments like 'what's the use,' but I keep going as within me there is the small still voice saying 'it will be ok.' As tough as it is facing the unknown, I am succeeding as I know God loves me. I know he wants the best for me. I can't see any possible way of this situation working out better than the present, but God can. There was a time I'd be losing sleep, pacing the floors and just plain panicking, but I'm not now. I have been told this shows growth in my relationship with Christ. If you have been struggling as I have, maybe this post will help. I pray that it will help someone.
Verse 2 Timothy 4:7 I believe is when we come to the end of our life and are ready to face Christ, God seems to be using this verse to tell me something else as I write this blog. God seems to be telling me that life is about a series of races, not just one long one. I think which each race, as long as we continue in our faith, each one will become more natural, and we won't tire as quickly. Each one, however, will have its twists and turns as well as hills and valleys. The end of the race is a mountain. Once we race to the top, we rest and reflect on what we have gone through. We will eventually reach the end of every race as long as we persevere with Christ. Then, at the end of life, when we have run our final race, that's when we can say we have kept the faith through it; we have, in fact, kept the faith through all of the races (or challenges) that we have had to go through.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)