“You can gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
People often say that relationships are like wines … they grow better with time. I can see how this analogy might be applied to marriages, friendships, and our faith. When weathering the storms of life with a spouse, parent, sibling or friend, your choice to endure alongside this person speaks volumes regarding the dependability and strength of your relationship. The same is true about our relationship with Christ. As we choose to allow Him to walk with us, to navigate our paths, and to build magnificent bridges under unfavorable conditions, we begin to realize His omnipotence, to know His power, and to trust in His Will. These faith-strengthening stories of triumph are the meat and potatoes of our testimonies as Believers. We all have one… some testimonies are more dramatic than others, yet each one beautiful in the eyes of God. He illustrates this in the parable of the lost sheep, when the shepherd leaves the ninety-nine in search of the one. This one represents each of us, uniquely, whether your story is colored with a sinful past or aglow with an innocent simplicity. Each day that you and I choose to follow the Promised One, the Messiah, who beckons all unto Himself today as much as ever, we testify to the truth the He has come to set the captives free, ourselves included. True freedom can only be found in a trust such as referenced in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me,” and also in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who shall be against us?”
Let us pray.
Thank you, Lord, for being a Trustworthy Father. Our strength, courage, and confidence are rooted solely in Your Holiness. Lead us. Guide us. Thy Will be done. AMEN.