I saw a meme this morning that said, “When God wants you to grow, He makes you uncomfortable”. Someone willing to testify to that? I sure am! I believe this is when our faith grows–when we are uncomfortable. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1) We don’t get to know everything that God knows, but we do have the opportunity to trust Him more.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) Faith is increased by drawing closer to God through prayer and the study of His Word, the Bible. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Rom. 10:17) It is not increased by trying harder, but by surrendering more. “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess. 1:3)
Whenever we are facing difficult transitions (uncomfortable moments), we should follow Paul’s advice to Timothy, and look back at our own experiences. “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (2 Tim. 1:13-14)
Thankfully, we aren’t left on our own, the Holy Spirit will help us! “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:11-12)
So in our “uncomfortable moments” when it seems as if peace is difficult to find, Scripture has the answer–Pray and give thanks to the Lord, trusting Him with the outcome. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7) And then thank Him again for your growing faith!
Today, I praise the Lord for prompting me several times over the last month to reach out to specific people and share something about me that I did not want to share. I had to step out in faith that the Lord would use my story for His purposes and His glory and the healing of myself and others. I had to let go of all of the “what ifs”, and know “that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”. What has happened is that my fear is receding and my faith is growing, because I am surrendering my will to His.