Monday, May 5, 2014

Faith in the unknown, and this world is always unknown...

Andrew's "official" last day of work was last week or maybe it is this week…
regardless, we don't know what we are doing/where we are going yet.
And not a day goes by where someone doesn't ask us what we are doing next.
If you have asked us, don't worry, it does not bother us:), in fact it seems that God is using you to teach us a lot right now.

I think people look at our situation and generally have a reaction of, "Wow (and not in a good way…)! I could never do that, just not know what is going to happen next."

But the reality is that *none* of us know what is going to happen next. This earth is plagued with sickness, job loss, loneliness, death, etc.  Every person's life situation on earth is unstable, ours is just a little more obviously unstable right now.  

This unstably in the world brings us to faith.  We all have faith in something.  Whether it be faith in our job, our college education, our health, etc, but all these areas of faith can and eventually will let us down.

Then we come to Biblical faith:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews11:1
And then if you continue reading Hebrews 11 you are brought through the "Faith Hall of Fame." Person after person in circumstances and situations that were hard and/or did not make sense, yet they had faith in God.  Really it is pretty amazing, you should take a minute and read Hebrews 11 now:)!

And then I am brought to these verses in the context of all the stories of faith-
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews  11:13-16

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40

So, no, we don't know what tomorrow will bring, but we never really do.  We are clinging to the faith in the confidence of the things we have hoped for and the assurance of the things unseen.  We are clinging to the fact that this earth is not our home and that Jesus is preparing a place for us, a better country, a heavenly one.  We are are clinging to the fact that together with Christ, in glory, we will be made perfect one day.

Lord, let us have this kind of faith today, whether things feel stable or not.


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10 comments:

  1. I have loved this song since I heard it! May God bless you as He leads you where He would have you to be. Your feet may fail you but He never will! Blessings!

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    1. Thanks so much! That is such an encouragement in our lives!

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  2. Oh Stasia you are wise beyond your years! This is so true and I love that you are choosing to glorify God through it all - I know it isn't easy, we walked a very similar road just a few years ago. If you ever need to talk, I am here : )

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    1. Thanks, Sybil. And PS, I have LOVED that we have found our blogging friendship :)

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  3. This is so true, Stasia. We know exactly what you two are going through and experiencing. We've been there...and like you said...we all are there--not knowing what will happen next. It's a great place to rely completely on Him and place complete faith in Him.

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    1. I agree Leslie… it is kind of funny because I feel like everyone else is freaking out, and I am really finding peace in Christ!

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  4. Thank you for your wise, wise words.

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  5. Amen and amen, Stasia. I could echo everything you wrote, and feel like you could understand much of my heart, maybe even more so than some of my dear day-to-day friends just because of our similar life circumstances. We're in the middle of a giant life transition... waiting for each step to be revealed to us, knowing the ultimate thing that God has called us to. People compliment or maybe say they admire our faith... but I really don't feel like it's a choice of ours... we're just doing what we have to do wherever life takes us; nothing is guaranteed. Whew-- long comment. sorry. What you said just so resonates with me! Glad I discovered you- following along now on bloglovin. Sarah @ thejellyjars.com :)

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    1. Sarah, I love the last part you wrote about people admiring your faith. I feel the same as you! We just are following the path God is leading us on! I will be checking your blog out too! :)

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