Our family has been praying about and wrestling with a big decision for the past year and a half. Our prayers almost always focus on clarity. We want to know for sure what we should do, which way we should go. Yet, after nearly 18 months of praying, it seems the waters are more muddied than ever before.
Whatever your level of family dysfunction is, we can all find hope in this story of family redemption.
Do you feel like the heat is on? Like you’re in the pressure cooker and the steam is about to blow? Is your faith being tested? This story from Daniel shows us three ways we can walk through the fires of life and not get burned.
Can your faith handle the fire of a global pandemic? Unanswered prayers? A fallen Christian leader or mentor? Can your faith handle personal loss of possessions, health, or someone that you love?
A faith that is TESTED is a faith that can be TRUSTED.
Fear is trusting that our knowledge of the past is better than God’s knowledge of the future.
They knew who God is. They knew what He had done for them. Yet, they said, “We’re going to fear this one thing that we don’t know: the unknown.”
There is an endless see of (mostly) helpful information to help us navigate these difficult times. None of us have ever been here before, so we’re grasping for anything or anyone who will tell us how to do it. However, we are so busy trying to figure out how that I’m afraid we may miss the what.
We live in an instant-gratification culture. If I can think of it, I can have it. NOW! This instant-expectation permeates our society.
My kids aren’t worried. They don’t have bills to pay. They don’t have a job to lose. They don’t pay the mortgage. I take care of those things. For the most part, they don’t even think about such things. But I do.
The Bible and orthodox Christian doctrine emphasize a physical bodily resurrection – that Jesus wasn’t a disembodied spirit hovering around – but that he had a transformed material body that could be touched and clung to. Why does this matter?