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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Example (07/25/13)

TITLE: Faith Remembers
By Mike Newman


You have experienced a countless variety of ups and downs in life. Some have been wonderful times, to be held close and treasured forever. Calling them to mind, even for but a fleeting moment, never fails to bring a smile to your lips. Your first love, an all night conversation with the dearest of friends, your little ones first hit in tee ball and her subsequent misdirection on the base paths. Others rekindle the knot in your stomach as they creep back, unbidden, to the forefront of your mind. These are the valleys of life. The times of anxious worry over a friend, a mother.......a child.

These extremes of circumstance, and everything in between, are not unique to you and I. Those who have come before us have shared in both the awful and the sublime. Is there something to be gained from the experience of others? Would looking back into their stories, their lot in life, hold something for us today?

The great advantage in finding these life stories inside the pages of scripture is that not only do we get to see and understand the actions of men, but we necessarily learn more about our God as well. We reflect on His responses, and in so doing we achieve a deeper understanding of His character. As we come to recognize the manner in which a holy God interacts with His creation, our confidence grows that He is altogether trustworthy. We have faith (which is, after all, trust with some meat behind it!) that our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is a responsible faith, one based on past action and future glory. One far removed from anything associated with a "leap".

These events in the Bible are clearly recorded and transmitted to us to convey the weight of the examples they provide. I do not mean that is the sole purpose of scripture, nor even the primary one. 1 Corinthians speaks about the things that happened to ancient Israel as examples, written down for our instruction. We look back, through the biblical record, at the examples that came before. What do these stories contribute? What is their purpose, or at least one of their purposes?

The answer isn't that they are patterns of moral men that we are to imitate. The entire scope of scripture speaks of man's inability to seek God, in fact his refusal to do so. It is only through the initiating act of God does man receive a heart of flesh, desiring to seek after his Creator. Rather, the significance of an infallible historical record tracing God's actions in time, revealing His progressive revelation of His Son, our Redeemer, is to give us the "meat" that serves as a foundation for our trust (faith). That is why Paul can speak about the very purpose of the Israelite's trials and afflictions as serving as an example for us.

Ours is a reasonable faith, as well as a scandalous one. The former because faith recalls God's wondrous acts of mercy, patience and love towards His children. Faith remembers. The latter because what could be more scandalous then a perfect redeemer, God incarnate, dying for us? Not waiting for us to somehow prove ourselves worthy, but doing so while we were yet sinners?

We need the examples of how God has dealt with His people in times past as a basis for our confidence in His absolute sovereignty. Our blessed assurance in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is rightfully reflected in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Woven throughout the bible is the story of a great God, dealing graciously with His people.

Faith remembers that which came before.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/04/13
This is a nice piece that makes the reader stop and think. You did a nice job of writing on topic while still delivering a potent message. Be aware of the voice you use. You start out in second person, which sometimes can feel less personal than Yvette first person. Then later you switch from you to we. Also the phrase unique to you and I should be to you and me. A good way to double check is take out the word you. You wouldn't say unique to I so that way you know it should be to you and me. I like how you showed the Bible is God's example to us. He loves us enough to show us His way. This is a well written thought-provoking piece. Nice job.
C D Swanson 08/04/13
I enjoyed this entire piece. I thought it was on topic and had a good message to bring forth.

GOd bless~
lynn gipson 08/05/13
This is a very nice article. It commands us to think about things. You have a great way of describing and are good at weaving words. I look forward to reading more of your work. Keep writing!
Colin Swann08/06/13
Thanks for sharing with us your informative piece. Well done and well on topic.
Larry Whittington08/08/13
The longer sentences made it difficult for me to keep my thoughts together.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/08/13
Congratulations for placing 7 in your level! (Highest rankings can found on the message boards)
Noel Mitaxa 08/10/13
You have given us a good spread of material here, and a mix of long and short sentences keep our interest coming with you. Well done.
Barbara Caldwell08/23/13
Thanks for sharing. You are a gifted writer.