“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God
whose ways you may not understand at the time.”
~ by Oswald Chambers ~
We had only been in our home six weeks when we received the notice that we would have to leave. A disadvantage of being a tenant is you have very little recourse if the landlord turns out to be irresponsible. I believed that God had led us to that house. We were making friends in the neighbourhood. Yet, we were being forced to move, again, and it seemed impossible. None of it made any sense.
In all of that turmoil, German and I would remind ourselves that God never leaves. In fact, we almost daily would lie in bed and say, "I still believe he brought us to this house, and he will bring us to the next." It was a deliberate daily choice to focus on God's sovereignty when nothing else made sense.
I still grieve the losing of that house. But God was faithful to bring us to a new house--a house better situated for ministry in the church he had already set in our hearts. It is nearer church friends, nearer house group and better situated for hosting guests. It has already seen four parties in the three months we have been here. His blessing is all over it. I believe we see that blessing because we deliberately chose to look for his hand in the chaos.
It is easy to get caught up in the what ifs of life, to see the chaos instead of the sovereignty, to focus on the circumstances instead of the possibilities. Faith is having confidence that God is going to do what he says and he is bigger than the situation. Sometimes we have to be more deliberate in that choice to place our confidence in him. It is then we find the blessing of choosing faith.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.Father thank you for your faithfulness during the chaos of the summer and the moves. Thank you for a husband who leads to make that deliberate choice to place our confidence in you. Thank you that as we verbally chose you in the situation, you gave us peace. Thank you for this house, and these friends, and the ministries that you are already organising for our future. May we be faithful in what you give us. Amen.
Our hostess this week is Nina at "Mama's Little Treasures." Visit and be blessed.