The Personal Journey 365, Faith at the Edge of the Abyss
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7 NLT
It is in the moments we reach the edge of the abyss, the height of a trying circumstance, do we begin to comprehend the glory of God as genuine faith is manifested in us. Though life may be pressuring our conscience from every direction, it is at this point, at the rim of victory or defeat, when God’s omnipotent Grace intervenes. This is the type of faith that stretches us beyond our breaking point, because it is not in our own might that it will be accomplished but in Christ Jesus, our Savior.
It is this precious faith, more valuable than gold that brings us to the end of self and the end of this world as we know it. This faith is not man-made, but God-molded. We cannot take credit for any part of this transformation. Nevertheless, we can choose to conform to our Lord’s direction and thus access all the power of the Holy Spirit within us. It is in this power that we are able to witness God’s glory in ourselves, and to others.
This can be a most painful proposition, only because of our lack of understanding and surrender. We do not know the future, or the big picture. So we surrender our will and our lives over to the care of God, admitting powerlessness. God is our redeemer, the restorer of all of our losses, granting not just the best, but the very best for we believe that He exists and rewards all those who sincerely seek him.
Step-by-step, day-by-day our faith is tested and refined. “A faith that can move mountains?” you might ask. The answer is yes, because matter does not matter as we experience true faith that is divinely inspired and freely given by God to his children.
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Regina M. Dick
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