How's your Belief?
Sunday we had the privilege of learning from Pastor Jake Thurston about the power of belief. If I could sum up Jake's entire sermon into one sound byte, it would be this:
Belief allows us to say in any circumstance, there's nothing good about this, but there's something good in it.
Did you know that living by faith doesn't always make us happy? But it can bring us joy, even in the midst of storms. You see, joy and happiness are not the same thing. Happiness is based on our "happenings." It is significantly affected by what happens to us. You can't be happy in the midst of a storm (Well, you can, but that's weird). But what you can do in the midst of a storm is experience true joy. How? Through belief.
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
Do you believe God is good? That belief is what should allow us to keep the faith and to find joy in the midst of the storm, because despite what you are currently experiencing, God is faithful. It's not based on what we can see. It's based on what we believe. But if your belief is weak, when the storm comes, you won't find joy. Instead, you'll look at what's happening to you and you will find yourself unhappy.
Let me ask you- how do you feel about your life right now? You may not feel good about what is happening in life. You may be in a tough season. You may be overwhelmed by the reality of your situation. I'm not asking you to ignore it, deny it or pretend it isn't happening. But in the midst of life right now, do you believe that God is working together in all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)?
In the midst of the waiting, how's your belief?