God orchestrates life circumstances to force the issue of faith in our hearts. Some would call this a crisis of faith which is a good description. A beautiful picture of this is the process of forcing spring bulbs. Basically, the bulbs are planted around October and put in a dark cool place for 3 or more months. Once removed from the chill they blossom indoors in about a month. They are kept in a cold, dark place to facilitate growth.
God orchestrates life circumstances to force the issue of faith in our hearts. He is intimately and personally involved with each of His children. Psalm 33:15, He fashions their hearts individually.
To grow, build and nurture our faith, God orchestrates the events and circumstances in our life that challenge our faith no matter how meager. At that moment (crisis of faith) we have a choice (every time): will I believe and trust God or will I not believe and trust self?
Every time we chose faith, it grows.
Often times we think this is just too hard for us and we’d be right. Even the choosing must be done by the Spirit of Christ Who dwells within us.
John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
God orchestrates life circumstances to force the issue of faith in our hearts.
Let’s consider Abraham for a Biblical example:
Abraham: Genesis 12:1-2 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Genesis 22:1-2 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
What does God say about Abraham?
Romans 4:3, 9 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness…We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.”
When God orchestrated the circumstances in Abraham’s life, Abraham responded in faith.
What circumstances are you facing right now? What choices are you facing right now that God wants to use to force the issue of faith in your heart? Are you ready to grow and blossom?
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.