I WANT TO JOIN THE PARADE, LORD!
Faith is the key to having a great relationship with God. We don’t see God physically but we trust that He lives and that what the Scriptures say about Him is true.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
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We, therefore, worship Him as our Creator God, we call on Him in difficulty and we praise Him for the blessings on our lives. Some people have proven Him so much that they have become examples to the rest of us. Whether dead or alive, their story inspires and encourages us to hold fast to God and thereby overcome whatever life throws at us.
Hebrews, chapter 11 presents a parade of such faith stars. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham …, they were just as weak and mortal as the rest of us. But they withstood great trials and walked above the craziness of whatever age they lived in. They knew God personally, not by proxy, they cultivated a relationship with Him. They were, therefore, able to communicate with Him and obtain specific promises pertaining to their situations. And even when circumstances mocked the essence of those promises, they held on believing that “he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
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Even at the end of their lives, some of them had not seen the fulfilment of the promises but in their hearts, they were certain it was just a matter of time before God will execute His word. – (Hebrews 11:13) What an incomprehensible, ludicrous way to live, when viewed through the lens of our time!
But that is how I want to live my life. I long to know God so intimately that I am more certain of what He wants to do in my life and through me than the air I breathe. I want to apprehend Him so closely that physical and material circumstances do not deter my walk with Him. I yearn to accomplish the things He has destined me for, by His grace, come what may. And while in this body and out of it, I want to be in that glorious procession of those who are recommended and emulated for their exploits of faith.
Yes, I want to join the parade of faith stars – no longer doubtful of God’s goodness and love, no longer wobbly in my walk with Him, no more guarded in my response to Him, no more balking when He sends me out. I want to be a manifestation of God’s faithfulness to my generation and posterity.
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Glory to God, this is also His wish, in fact, His design for me!
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” – Revelation 4:11
This was the reason He made me, made us. When sin barred me from His presence, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for me and heal the breach. He then filled me with His Spirit to guide and teach me. And everything else He made is hankering for my attaining the heights He planned for me.
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” – Romans 8:19
My life can only be truly meaningful when lived like a faith star. So help me to join the parade forthwith, dear Lord, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The scriptures in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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