For the past couple of days, life has been a little tougher with the constant dizziness and having a vertigo flare up has really been a downer. I made the ‘less easy’ and maybe a little reluctant choice of walking closer to God (maybe dragging my feet a little) instead of spiralling down ‘depression hill’ again. Today, I would like to talk about faith and the reward it brings.
As we all know, it is easy to thank God for all the blessings in life when we have everything. How about when we have nothing or have lost everything that meant dear to us? What can we thank him for? The gift of faith. We have heard and read that God is good in good times and bad. That everything from him, even the trials in life is good.
As an example, how many times have we heard testimonies of someone who was going through terminal illness or lost a loved one and told ourselves, indeed we must have faith. However, when or if presented with the same trial will our faith still stand as strong?
When I met God for the first time through a praying over session at a conversion camp, I loved the way God made me feel. He made me feel special, precious and loved. Things that were really foreign to me. Thinking back, I remember my prayer times and conversations with God after the conversion of my heart and how I proclaimed that I would never want to leave his side ever again. That my love for him was so strong I would stay by him no matter what happens and that nothing could ever bring me down. (Oh boy, if only I knew what was coming) At a session given by one of the leaders, we were put the question of wanting to work towards being a saint. Living a saintly life. Without hesitation, I raised my hand. There were only two hands raised in that room and I wondered why. I wished so hard that my life would only be about God and for God.
Well, be careful what you wish for. (Hahahahahaha)
As many of you know from my posts, and if you don’t feel free to check out this page, my life had fell further into a mess from that conversion camp onwards resulting is this amazing dizziness that cannot seem to be figured out by very educated people who have studied years to receive a qualification to help people with medication.
“Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endure a great contest of suffering.” -Hebrews 10:32
Many a time when God allows an obstacle in our life, it is to teach us something right? It could be to teach us patience, to grace us with more wisdom or to warn us to stop making bad decisions in life that digs deeper into the grave of our sin etc, etc.
What I’ve come to realise though which is the greatest lesson of all, is that what God wishes to teach us through all seasons of life is faith. How do we have faith in bad times? What good is faith?
“By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust shall be your strength.” -Isaiah 30:15
Faith means having hope. Having trust that all the sufferings in your life has a higher meaning. Yes, even suffering. When one suffers with faith in God and offers up the suffering for the salvation of souls, the suffering does not go to waste. Hoping for eternity with God is faith. Being willing to accept the suffering, the trial and to carry the cross with love just like how Jesus did when he walked the earth is having faith.
And what is the reward of faith?
“Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of faith, the salvation of your souls.” – 1 Peter 1: 8-9
That is the reward of faith. The salvation of our souls. Through endurance, we are saved. Through acceptance of our crosses with love, we are saved. And how much greater a reward can there be but this? The salvation of our souls. The promise of eternity with God. No more suffering, weeping and begging but eternal happiness when we meet him.
How great does that sound? Come on, eternal happiness mann. Never having worries or troubles. Just rejoicing daily, singing and dancing to God and with God everyday. This is our hope, this is our goal. Keep your eyes fixed on the goal and less on your troubles by offering them up to God and letting them go. Trust his will. Trust his plan for you. Focus on what he has already promised to give you. Eternal happiness. The greatest reward of faith.
And on the day you face God, you can say with confidence that with his strength, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” -2 Tim 4:7
So stay close in prayer even if you are dragging your feet walking next to God. Rely on God’s word. His promises.
“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” -Roman 10:17
Be kind to one another,
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