This month the Christian Writers are sharing thoughts about the theme “nurture” in honor of Mother’s Day. Please click on their links to the right on the appropriate days.
Those are big, tough things in our lives.
How do you trust God with the big things when they feel so big you can’t even lift them high enough to hand them over? You start by trusting God with the little things.
Contemporary Christian music was one of God’s greatest creations. And some of the trance remixes are even better. I love the idea that, like David, I can lift my hands in praise and dance in God’s presence. I’m nearly as bad a dancer as David was. God still loves my dancing as much as He loved David’s; regardless of how graceful I am not.
Let’s face it though; it’s pretty hard to dance to the old hymns my parents loved. But some of those good old hymns had some pretty good messages. I often find myself singing the hymn, “My Faith is Built.” The part I like best is:
My faith is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
There’s a lot in those two lines about Jesus’ sacrifice and the perfect life he lived. But, what speaks to me is the recognition that our faith is built. Once we accept Jesus’ gift of salvation, we don’t suddenly have all the faith we’ll ever have, or ever need.
Rather, our faith is built.
Christ is the foundation, but our faith builds over time. Each time we trust God with one more little thing, another solid brick is mortared into place in our solid wall of trusting Him. Made stronger for the times it needs to hold us up higher and more securely.
Remember what Paul told his friends in Corinth? “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it”. (1 Corinthians 3:2) Peter also used milk to indicate our growth in faith: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good”. (1 Peter 2: 2-3)
Paul and Peter both had personal encounters with Jesus. But even they recognized that our faith is built, by learning to surrender and trust God first with little things, and over time to trust Him with more and more. God is trustworthy and worthy of our trust. Allow God to show how to trust by:
- asking God to show you His glory
- praising Him for the beauty you see
- whispering moment-by-moment prayers of “stay with me, Jesus” and releasing one stressful second to Him at a time
- understanding that faith doesn’t mean having all the answers to all your questions right now
- building your faith happens a little bit at a time.
PRAYER: Jesus please help us stop dancing on our own. Help us remember to take your hand and let you lead us in the dancing--even during the spins and dips of life. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? What's your favorite hymn?
This is a reposting from www.WeUsed2BU.com 9/8/2011