Faith - When God Believes
Updated: Jan 30, 2021
“Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” — The Apostle Paul, Romans 8:24
There is no one with more Faith than God. No one believes in His ability to act on our behalf more than Himself. I can’t think of anyone who could move the mountain, prevail in prayer, or have more Faith.
I admit, the past few weeks I’ve been amped up. Two months ago I was working 14-17 hr days, 6 days a week, and then prepping for the next job and moving across town in my spare time. This is usually when I get short with people, go introverted, and lean in. With few reprieves between, I was relieved when the tide began to turn to calmer waters. Walking into home depot I got a call from my mom telling me they were on the way to the hospital.
All my parents were told by an officer was that my younger brother Israel had been in a wreck and they needed to make the three-hour drive to the hospital. Based on everything that happened, in the last couple weeks we’ve counted it a miracle that he walked out of the hospital at all. My personal relief was short lived, as this last week I fell off a roof by freakish accident.
It wasn’t even a far tumble down the rabbit hole. In what probably looked like Mexican jumping-bean I slipped, twisted both ankles on a horse gate, hit my head on a log, ribs against the side of the roof, and my back landed on indestructibly thick clay pots. I can still hardly move when I get out of bed each day, but at least nothing is broken. Two days ago I got another call from my mom.
I can’t even put into words how I feel. My grandpa had a stroke. First, it was that awful “what’s actually going” on phase, then he was in surgery, then they couldn’t reach the clot, then it was potentially good news, then I was buying a plane ticket. It felt like COVID season—one bad month is now two months long and still going.
My thought when hearing about my grandfather was how would I feel if I wasn’t planted in God? What if I wasn’t regularly in communion with Him? When catastrophe hits, most people pray in frantic hope for God to answer. However, knowing Christ somehow allows me to be at peace with God and able to trust him. I have this sense of thinking I should be drowning, but somehow I’m treading deep waters amidst the emotions.
There is a thought-string of scripture verses that remind me Christianity is different. Our confidence in the places of trouble is not only meant to be alien, it is rigged to be apart from of our own human ability.
“…if we are faithless [lacking trust in God] he remains faithful [trusting on our behalf] for he cannot disown himself.” - 1 Timothy 2:13
“… The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail.” - James 5:16
Emotions can make us feel like we are doubting, even when our greatest trust is in God. Facts, beliefs, opinions, all have unstable ground in the midst of life. But, Jesus is faithful on our behalf. He is the righteous man that prays on our behalf. When we lack, He is full. I’m learning through this season that God is immovable in the nature of His heart, yet the action of His hands is moves on our behalf.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” — The Apostle Paul, Colossians 2:7
It is easy to let circumstance take the wheel of life if we aren’t rooted in faith in Christ. Daily time spent with God is daily growth for seasonal storms. But, faith in Christ is greater than faith for healing. I know your prayers are with me, thank you, but let us be filled with thankfulness that His own faith is in the Father on our behalf. He is the anchor in which we trust. Let us rejoice amidst uncertainty that the certainty of Christ’s righteousness stands in intercession with the Father. Because there is no man more righteous than Jesus , spending his time prevailing in prayer on our behalf.
Jesus looked at them intently and said,
"Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." - Matthew 19:26