May 7, 2017

The Shepherd's Corner

[:en]THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER

Faith is a choice. We must make a choice to believe in God in spite of what happens. Sometimes what we call “faith” may actually not be faith at all or even if there is element of faith, it is no longer pure. For instance, when we are running out of options, believing in God suddenly becomes our only option. Well, it may or may not be faith. I suspect, more often than not it’s merely an act of giving up. So you see, faith is not a response to running out of option; faith is an act of believing that there is one more option—God!

In their book, They Call Me Pastor, H.B. London Jr. and Neil B Wiseman write, “We find it easier to trust God for the big things, which we can’t control anyway, than we do for the small things that seem to be within our grasp.” Oh how true! We don’t ask for God’s will for the small things and we don’t pray for His guidance upon the small things, don’t we? Usually we don’t because we already know what to do. But, faith is tested—and demonstrated—in these small things. Can we trust God for these small things—things we can do?

Peter thought he knew how to fight. He was after all a fisherman, not a highly educated rabbi. So, when he drew the sword and aimed it at Malchus’ neck, he thought he would make a perfect score—it was after all a surprise attack. Well, he missed. He only managed to cut an ear, which was immediately healed by Jesus. You see, it was easier for Peter to fight than to be still—and trust His Teacher. Had he fought on and not listened to Jesus, he would not have seen God’s wonderful plan unfold before his eyes.

We, who believe in God, wait for God. And, we, who wait for God, will see God do His wonderful works. So, apply faith from small to big things. Remember, nothing is too small for faith—and God.

Pastor Paul[:id]THE SHEPHERD’S CORNER

Faith is a choice.<!--more-- We must make a choice to believe in God in spite of what happens. Sometimes what we call “faith” may actually not be faith at all or even if there is element of faith, it is no longer pure. For instance, when we are running out of options, believing in God suddenly becomes our only option. Well, it may or may not be faith. I suspect, more often than not it’s merely an act of giving up. So you see, faith is not a response to running out of option; faith is an act of believing that there is one more option—God!

In their book, They Call Me Pastor, H.B. London Jr. and Neil B Wiseman write, “We find it easier to trust God for the big things, which we can’t control anyway, than we do for the small things that seem to be within our grasp.” Oh how true! We don’t ask for God’s will for the small things and we don’t pray for His guidance upon the small things, don’t we? Usually we don’t because we already know what to do. But, faith is tested—and demonstrated—in these small things. Can we trust God for these small things—things we can do?

Peter thought he knew how to fight. He was after all a fisherman, not a highly educated rabbi. So, when he drew the sword and aimed it at Malchus’ neck, he thought he would make a perfect score—it was after all a surprise attack. Well, he missed. He only managed to cut an ear, which was immediately healed by Jesus. You see, it was easier for Peter to fight than to be still—and trust His Teacher. Had he fought on and not listened to Jesus, he would not have seen God’s wonderful plan unfold before his eyes.

We, who believe in God, wait for God. And, we, who wait for God, will see God do His wonderful works. So, apply faith from small to big things. Remember, nothing is too small for faith—and God.

Pastor Paul[:]

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