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So, where is your faith anyway?

 

I got an email from a good friend whom I haven’t heard from in a while.  Through a series of emails I learned that his dad was diagnosed with cancer and passed away within a few months of his diagnosis.  But right there in the middle of the email was this phrase:

 

“…God is truly amazing.  My father accepted Jesus and was baptized just a week prior.  The Cancer was very advanced and he went down hill very fast.  He is in a much better place now.”

 

His email went on to talk about what’s really important in life.  This is a recurring theme of late.  It seems that God is trying to get my attention (yet again.)  So what is important?  In the midst of global conflict and war, what is important?  In the middle of a financial crisis, what do we cling to?  As we watch the mud-slinging by politicians who seemingly have hijacked the 2008 election process, where do we find our purpose?

 

God tells us in Psalm 46:1-5:

 

  1 God is our refuge and strength,
       an ever-present help in trouble.

 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
       and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

 3 though its waters roar and foam
       and the mountains quake with their surging.
       Selah

 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
       the holy place where the Most High dwells.

 5 God is within her, she will not fall;
       God will help her at break of day.

In a recent sermon I heard what I already knew.  The peace we can know comes from real faith.  Not faith in any government or in your bank account.  Not faith in a process or procedure or bailout, but faith in the Most High God!  We need to believe and know that the very maker of the Heavens and Earth—the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End is in control.  This doesn’t mean that God is going to fix everything by our standards, but it means you can have peace in all things.  The same peace reflected in my friend’s statement that his dad “is in a much better place.” 

 

Frequently this peace eludes us all.  So, if you are a believer in the salvation of Jesus Christ, then I encourage to move beyond just putting in your time.  Take your faith to a new level…take your relationship with Him to a new level.  If you haven’t given your life to him and are curious as to what that’s all about, you can go here to learn more. 

 

So where is your faith?

 

God…an ‘ever present help’… ‘your refuge’…’your strength’

 

or

 

Man… well, you know how that’s working out. 

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