Today, Lord, You showed me something I donít think I had ever seen about faith.
It is so important to have faith in You, I know without a doubt. That is probably the foremost thing that You ask us as Christians to do. Just simply, blindly, and without regard to what things may look like believe in You and Your plan.
To realize, for instance, that You would not commission us for a job that You were not planning to equip us for. That You would not lead us out into the deeper waters just to let us sink. The faith in knowing that however good or bad today was, Lord, that You have promised tomorrow is another day with joys and trials of itís own, and no matter which of those is the greater, that You will ultimately be the carrier of the day.
But today You made me see, Lord, that You do not want us to just hoard this secret weapon that You have given us called faith. We should share the secret.
No, not just tell someone to have faith in their current situation or trial, but to exhibit faith in others.
There are far too many people in this world, Lord, who have no faith in themselves, You, or what You are able to do in their lives. They canít see how great they are in Your eyes or how many ways that You want to be able to use them for Your glory. So many see themselves as not good enough, not righteous enough, not brave enough, notÖ something. Weíve all been there at one time or another. Iíve certainly been one of those people far more times than Iím proud of.
But if we, who gain and accomplish so much through our faith in You, would show faith in others-what a difference it could make! Show faith in someone even when weíre unsure if they will indeed be able to win the gold medal. Or when we feel almost certain that they cannot. Who are we to say that they canít? I certainly would have told Joshua that he must have been hit in the head by one of those bricks from the wall he was circling. But what I would have seen as insurmountable, You saw as crumbling stone.
We canít see what You do, Lord. We canít see the hidden potential in someone that only You see and are waiting patiently to unfold in glorious measure. We canít see that the job that has needed to be done for so long remains undone because the person that You have selected for it lacks the confidence or faith to take the first step. Or that You have selected us to hand them that small token of faith that will spurn the person on to tackle the challenge ahead. We should have faith in others if for no other reason but that You have faith in them.
Yes, we should all have the roots of our faith firmly embedded in You. And we should believe that we can do all things through You. But every now and then, Lord, I suspect that a friend exhibiting that they have faith in us in some small way affirms to us that we are worthy of the task that lies ahead. Or makes just a little of that doubt nagging at us fade away.
Remind us, Lord, that even as we need our faith to make us who we are and accomplish what we do, that others need that as well. Help me show someone that I believe that they can be all the things that You have created them for. And those days when I need it, send someone my way too.
I Love You, Lord.