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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: At Witís End (02/13/14)

TITLE: Feeble-Faith Decisions
By Charla Diehl
02/19/14


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She yearned for children to fill their home with giggles and wide-eyed innocence. Oh, to feel little arms hugging her neck, hungry mouths suckling her breasts. It was promised to her, but even then it was laughable. Her best years were already spent. Her same-age friends had been enjoying grandchildren for a time when the promise came. Sarahís fading faith in Godís promise led her to desperate measures. She asked Abraham to lay with her maidservant, Hagar. From that union a son was produced, which brought little joy to her aching heart. Like Sarah we sometimes run out of patience as we wait for God to answer our prayers. When we try to take over, we usually end up regretting our feeble- faith decisions.

Another case in point would be the wandering Israelites. How quickly they forgot their miraculous exodus with the parting of the Red Sea. God was with them day and night leading and guiding them with the pillars of cloud and fire as they journeyed towards their destination. God provided for their daily needs, but they were an ungrateful bunch. Instead of focusing on Godís promises, they looked backwards and complained about what they missed because their menu was lacking what they were used to. They were bored with manna. Then when Moses went up the mountain for a Godly chat which lasted forty days, they grew sinfully restless. These stubborn people urged Aaron, who was in charge, to make them a new god--they feared Moses wasnít coming back due to his lengthy departure. When Aaron consented to their faithless whim and melted their jewelry into a golden calf, Godís anger was aroused. He sent Moses packing down the mountain with the stone tablets engraved with His ten commandments. Reaching the camp, when Moses saw the chaos and pagan idol, he lost it. In anger and disbelief, he smashed Godís authored instructions.

Today are we much different from these Old Testament characters? How often do we bypass Godís plan because we grow inpatient and want what we desire right now. Weíre not convinced that Godís timing is perfect--and we jeopardize the blessings that God is waiting to give us. Our weak-kneed faith tells us that God isnít listening, doesnít understand whatís going on in our lives, or has forgotten us altogether. The next time life gets you down--look up--and believe that your heavenly Father wants the best for you. Trust Him to be in charge of your life. He promises that you wonít be disappointed.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 02/25/14
Beautiful and touching. Powerful truth in closing.

God bless~
Sunny Loomis 02/26/14
I like this. We need to wait on the Lord, otherwise we might miss out on a blessing. Good job. Thank you.