By Carolyn Dale Newell
…So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever
Was found on him, because he believed in his God.
Many men in the Bible had great faith when they faced incredible circumstances. Genuine faith becomes obvious when someone is in the midst of trials. You can’t see the value of a soldier in times of peace, but his value is seen during times of war. That is true of a Christian’s faith. Daniel was spared from the lion’s den because he believed – trusted God. The three Hebrews in Daniel chapter 3 confidently went into the fiery furnace because they trusted God to deliver them one way or another. They knew that even death would glorify God.
Noah built an ark to protect his family from a flood when he had never seen rain. He obediently worked for 120 years.
Abraham had one of the greatest trials of anyone. God commanded him to kill his one and only son, the son of promise. He believed God’s promise to him for countless descendants. However, he was obediently following the command to sacrifice Isaac until God stopped him and provided a ram instead.
Many years earlier, Abraham had weaker faith. Rather than waiting on God, Sarah and Abraham took matters into their own hands when he had a child with Hagar.
Abraham’s weak faith grew into unwavering faith. Our faith should be growing like that also. We should be able to look back on trials when we were filled with anxiety and like Abraham, we may have taken matters into our own hands, but now we have peace during the trials. We trust God. We believe His Word. Our faith is no longer like the ocean waves tossing back and forth. Every Christian should pray for God to grant them the faith that these men had, unwavering faith.
I want that kind of faith. A faith that never waivers. Please help me to trust You more and more Amen.
Read James 2:21-23.
HIKING THE TRAIL
In what situations do you have trouble trusting God? Remember, if you are trusting, you are not worrying or fearful.
Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.