Faithfulness – A Fruit of the Spirit 5/9/2018

Faith steps

2 Corinthians 5:7  – For we live by faith, not by sight.

The opposite of faith is not fear. It’s sight. Living by faith means we live by what we cannot see.

I had a legal situation where my attorney was certain we were in for a battle. I asked her what the best case scenario would be. She said if she could write a letter and the other party could sign it, there would be little cost and little disruption. I told her, “Write the letter.”

She tried to warn me it wasn’t going to be easy. At the time, it didn’t look like a letter would work. According to every indicator we saw, it looked like this would get messy. But we had seen God move before. “Write the letter and put it in the file,” I said, “Just have it ready. Let’s see what God will do.”

Waiting was hard. Over several months, that’s what we did. I got angry and waited. I grew sad and waited. It looked impossible. I wanted to fight. I could’ve jumped in and pushed things along. Sometimes that is the right thing to do, but in this case God had told me to wait. It didn’t feel like standing in faith. At times I felt powerless, but I trusted God and I knew He wanted the best for everyone involved. Wait and pray. Pray and wait.

One day as I left church, an older woman who did not know the situation grabbed my sleeve. I bent down to hear her speak: “Do the thing that’s been on your heart to do.”

I called the person on the other side of the dispute and told him my attorney was sending the letter. There was no argument, only agreement. The letter was sent, signed, and the matter decided in a matter of days. In addition, a door of communication opened and healing began.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NKJV)

Faith means we take hold of something we cannot see, and others can’t see it. Still, it’s solid enough to stand on. The foundation is firm when established on Christ.

~Kay Helm

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