It is such an exciting time in my life right now :) If feel like jumping up and down and shouting Hurray Hurray!! God has been showing me an awful lots these past few weeks and for that I am grateful.
Tuesday night at BCM we read Hebrews chapter 11, which to me is the Hall of Faith. It’s a tribute to the runners who ran the race and finished well. But something interesting came to mind as I was reading through it. One comment that was made at BCM about the people named was “screwups”. However, to me I see ordinary people who accomplished God sized things.
Sarah was barren. She was not just married and barren, she was old. I can understand why she would have laughed when they said she was going to have a baby. She was probably thinking Lord, I just looked in the mirror this morning and I think I’m past that part of my life. But God blessed her with a baby:)
People thought Noah was a psycho. Who else builds a boat when there hasn’t been any rain in a 120 years? Rahab was just your average “working girl” but she hid the spies at great peril to her own life. God used her.
God always uses ordinary people to accomplish God sized things. Samson was blind. David was on the run as a fugitive. Enoch went for a walk and never made it home. Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, and David all subdued kingdoms because of their faith and not because of their strength.
God showed me was how important faith is and how unimportant excuses are. So what is faith? I did some research and this is what I found out. The Greek word for faith is πιστις (pistis-4102). It comes from πειθω (peitho-3982), which means to persuade. In this context, faith is the absolute conviction that a thing is true.
God also told me I have no room for excuses. Moses made excuses, but the funny thing is God used his weakness and made him bold. Bold enough to speak up to Pharaoh. I saw that excuses are really a sin. Because if I make an excuse I’m giving God a reason why something won’t work and that is not having faith that God is big enough to handle it when He is.
So no excuses:)
Prayer Requests for this week:
A friend of mine had a family member pass away so be in prayer for her family there are difficult circumstances around this death.
An international student drowned this week. He was from Ethiopia, pray for his family, the students at the school he was attending, and for the people who found him.
A good bit of our summer missionaries head out this week. Be in prayer for safe travels, that we make flights, and that God surrounds us with a hedge of protection as we go to challenging places.
For His Glory,