"Do not throw away your confidence,; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised." (Hebrews 10:35-36)
The challenges come, and our faith is tested. We read the Word to each other and email his promises during the day. We pray together and our faith is strengthened, and we know the peace that does not come unless it comes through storm.
"Consider it PURE JOY, my brothers, when you face trials
of many kinds..."
Our focus slips. We fall into control mode and we want to fix this. What we once decided to consider 'pure joy' seems to wear us down.
"Your faith is so weak..." the enemy whispers.
Strange that he whispers that for this has been our prayer: that we would be found faith-FULL. And this is what we tell when others ask how to pray for us in this adoption: Pray that we would be found faithful.
We desperately need wisdom from above and know how to find it...
"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God..."
But then those words... I remember them. "Your faith is so weak..." And I wonder if I will just mess it all up anyway. If perhaps I will not hear from God or be guided by Him because I am not ready for these gifts of suffering for Him, of hearing from Him. Perhaps I will not be found faithful.
And then I read these words. These words I have read now nine hundred times since my friend Dawn led me to these verses my junior year of college. These words God spoke through James and I know them but never have I focused on just these three... right in the middle... not really the 'point' of the passage, I suppose.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him."
Without finding fault!!!
My heart jumps when I read those precious words and I remember once again Amazing Grace and that, no, even I am not out of the grip of that grace. And I move from doubt to that place where it feels like I am standing under a waterfall of grace and it just keeps flowing. If I stay here long enough I think I just may be convinced: He gives generously... loves lavishly... without finding fault.
For I am no longer defined by my faults, and in this journey, yes, I will be found faithful. Not because I'll 'get it all right'. But because all is made right in Him. And, stray as I might, at the end of the day, I will be found in Him.
And ever before me will be this that He asks of me... only to Believe.
"But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt
because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and
tossed by the wind."
So will you pray for us... that we will be found faithful? That we will hold unswervingly to that hope that we profess... knowing that He who promised is faithful (Heb. 10:23). And that when we screw up... and I do mean when... will you pray that we will call on the One who gives so generously without finding fault?
And can I pray for you as well? I would love to know how I can lift your needs before our Father. It would truly be an honor, and I will look forward to rejoicing with you as God hears our prayers... Just leave a comment or email and know that I will take seriously your request for prayer.
Any scripture not specifically labeled can be found in James 1:2-6