And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? (Luke 12:22-26)
A friend of mine shared this little meditation with me this morning and I found it very encouraging and powerful. Timothy and Kathy Keller have a wonderful way of sharing God’s Word, and they have an interesting perspective that I find both inspiring and engaging. In this meditation, Timothy says that faith is a deliberate ACTION and Kathy adds that it is based on the confidence we have in God’s proven character.
Our faith can be strengthened or weakened based on how we use it when experiencing the struggles of life. We can see the inevitable struggles of life as a means of developing steadfastness and building personal character or we can see them in a way that is less productive, like not realizing God loves us and He has not abandoned us in some way because He is allowing us to suffer needlessly in our futile opinion. Timothy states it well when he says, “You’re refusing to exercise the faith you have when you panic.” Just as the disciples did in Luke 8:24-25 and Jesus then asked them “Where is your faith?”
When life throws us struggles we should see them as the blessings they are, they are times for us to pull out our faith and remember how much Jesus loved us when He decided to die on the cross for our sins. God never abandons us, He is always right there with us, asking us to remember all that He has done for us and asking us to reflect on His loving and holy nature.