Sometimes it feels like we are crying and crying and crying out to our God. Where are you God, why do you feel so far away? Why is this happening? And sometimes we don’t get a response. To some things the answers we may never know. But isn’t that a part of what faith is. Faith in God is believing in something you can’t totally prove, faith is believing in everything God says He is. Faith also takes trust. Trusting amidst the waiting, amidst not getting the answers, amidst the hardship, pain, and trials.
Sometimes doubt floods my mind like a sudden current unexpected and it scares me, it scares me to doubt. But Paul Tripp once said, “Doubt is natural, worry is natural, envying the life of somebody else who seems to have it better than you is natural, wanting your own way is natural, but faith is not natural for us,” he said. “If God is going to use us in this terribly broken world, He has to craft us into people of faith.”
God can take the doubt you have, He wants you to bring it to Him. Faith is hard, unnatural. I want to see God tangibly, feel God, hug God, hear God. But faith is believing amidst not being able to see God yet, not being able to run up and bear hug Him yet, but knowing He is near to me, to us. Faith is trusting that His word is true, all He says about Himself is true, that He is always good, always faithful, always loving, never changing, but the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Faith is knowing that God is good even amidst the trials, the hardships, and persecutions.
Who is God?
God is faithful. [1 Thessalonians 5:24] “The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”
God is good. [Matthew 19:17] …”there is only One who is good.”
God is holy. [1 Samuel 2:2] “There is no one holy like the Lord…”
God is firm, steadfast, unchanging.
[James 1:17] “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
[Hebrews 13:8] “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
And God is so much more, all loving, sovereign, full of grace, mercy and love.
And that same God wants to shape us into people of faith.
“God will take you where you have no desire to go, no intention to go, no plan to go, in order to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own,” Paul Tripp said. “The Bible calls that grace. We better begin teaching and preaching and encouraging one another with the theology of uncomfortable grace because often the grace of God comes to you in uncomfortable forms because that is just the kind of grace you need.”
and how does that grace come?
AW Towzer put it extremely, yet terrifyingly well…
“If God sets out to make you an unusual Christian He is not likely to be as gentle as He is usually pictured by the popular teachers. A sculptor does not use a manicure set to reduce the rude, unshapely marble to a thing of beauty. The saw, the hammer and the chisel are cruel tools, but without them the rough stone must remain forever formless and unbeautiful. To do His supreme work of grace within you He will take from your heart everything you love most. Everything you trust in will go from you. Piles of ashes will lie where your most precious treasures used to be. This is not to teach the sanctifying power of poverty. If to be poor made men holy every tramp on park bench would be a saint. But God knows the secret of removing things from our hearts while they still remain to us. What He does is to restrain us from enjoying them. He lets us have them but makes us psychologically unable to let our hearts go out to them. Thus they are useful without being harmful.”
God is shaping me into a woman of faith and sometimes, actually most times the process is extremely difficult and hard, right now I can’t see how God is shaping me, but I know that God is the most beautiful sculptor to ever be. I know that He is making me more like Jesus and more of who He created me to be and I am so excited to see what He is making.
Lord, shape us into more of you, into more of who you created us to be. May we embrace your uncomfortable grace and hold onto the hope to which you have called us. May we gaze upon the beauty of our sculptor and trust in you with the tools you are using to shape us. May you be all we ever need Jesus. Amen.
Here is the Paul Tripp article: http://www.liberty.edu/news/index.cfm?PID=18495&MID=174533