Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Scenic Route


I'm so excited to be able to share a post written by my bloggy friend Eileen, from The Scenic Route. Thanks for sharing what God has laid on your heart.  You are a blessing to me!  Be sure to go visit her blog; Eileen always has something challenging and encouraging to share.  And she has been gracious enough to let me post at her blog today.  Stop by and say hi.
 
Fully Convinced



"Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations...

Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. "
(Romans 4:20-22 NLT)

Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the story of Abraham and Sarah. The Lord promised Abraham that he would become a father even though he was well past age and his wife Sarah was barren.

I read these verses again recently and one of the things that always strikes me is Abraham's unwavering faith. When I read about men and women with this level of faith, or when I witness people today who are not shaken when confronted with seemingly impossible situations, it stirs something inside of me. I always find myself praying, "Lord, I want that kind of faith!"

Have you ever had to hope when there was no reason to hope?


Hope, when there is no logical reason for it, occurs when our faith stretches beyond our understanding and carries us over the gap of despair. Abraham was able to do this because he chose to walk by faith, "fully convinced" that God would be able to do whatever He promised.

Are you fully convinced that God can do whatever He promises?

Abraham's story is just one of the many accounts in scripture that teaches us that, when we hold strong to our faith, God will be glorified and we will be blessed. When we choose to trust Him even when circumstances look hopeless, when we choose to tighten our grip on Him rather than loosen our grip despite being in the midst of what looks like a never-ending trial or a season of on going waiting, then something beautiful happens.

Our circumstances may or may not change. God may or may not respond when or how we think He should, but in the process of holding on tightly to Him... our perspective changes. We begin to see things through God's eyes. The result? God is glorified and we are considered righteous in His eyes!

"This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, 'It is through faith that a righteous person has life.' " (Romans 1:17 NLT)

This is the kind faith I desire... uncompromising, steadfast faith!

But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.

(Psalm 33:18-22 NLT)



About the Author:


Eileen Knowles is a small town Arizona girl who now lives in small town North Carolina with her husband, Roger and their seven-year old son.  When she is not working part-time loving on animals at the local animal hospital, she thoroughly enjoys running, leading ladies bible study at her church and writing about how cool it is to journey through life with Jesus holding her hand.


A Big Thank YOU to Lisa for the opportunity to share today!

 

7 comments:

  1. Eileen, good to see you over here! :)

    Great post. "Our circumstances may or may not change. God may or may not respond when or how we think He should, but in the process of holding on tightly to Him...our perspective changes. We begin to see things through God's eyes." AMEN! Things may not change for me, but I can have HOPE in God!

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  2. I want to live my life FULLY convinced that my God is able and more than enough. This post was encouraging and convicting. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  3. Indeed, seeing things through His eyes gives us His perspective and keeps us focused on the only thing that is important... the Hope we have in Him. It's so easy to get off track... thank you for this reminder... I want that "kind" of faith too! Blessings :)

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  4. Great message Eileen! Seeing the absolute faith of men like Abraham and Moses makes we long to have that closeness with God as well.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  5. I just got the point today where I just threw up my arms and said "here God take it". There is nothing left but hope and faith. Every time I turn around something else seems to get broken. This morning was the last straw, it was my computer that is now at the computer hospital and I am using the computers at the public library, (forgive me if I don't leave comments for the next few days) this post came at just the right time. Thanks Eileen! Blessings to you.

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  6. I hate to say that my faith can swivel with my cicumstances...but He gently reminds me to put my faith in Him and Him only! No matter what happens around me I have to trust in Him.

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  7. As always, Eileen's words touch my soul and challenge me to look up, up, up. Thank you Eileen!

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