Faith: Why you need it to win the fight
When you look at most old-school fairy tales you see the same formula. They begin with some kind of struggle. Then some type of interception is made by a fairy, knight in shining armor, etc. Finally, it ends with the character’s dreams coming true, allowing them to live happily ever after. The only trouble is, that’s not how it goes in the real world, even for followers of Christ.
See, in the real world, you have trials and tribulations. Times where the going gets tough and it seems like the pain just won’t go away. That’s normally when your faith first comes into action. If you don’t know I can tell you from my own experience.
I was young. Only 6 years old when I started getting a taste of some of the bitterness life can bring. I had grown up in church, knew the Bible like the back of my hand, & felt like I wanted to serve God more than anything else in my life. As a result, I subconsciously felt that that excluded me from getting thrown into the life’s rink. Little did I know, my wanting to serve God actually pushed me further up on the list of matches that needed to take place.
Due to the fact that my heart’s desire was to serve, I first had to go through training, and part of mine included pushing my thoughts out of the way.
See, I’ve always been a very intelligent young woman. Now, this is not me bragging or popping my collar. So, calm down and put away your dangerous thumbs cause I know some of you are ready to leave poisonous comments about that. I’m just being honest about one of the gifts God gave to me. When it came to academic stuff, biblical matters, etc. I was always able to understand it and break it down very well. I remember making statements to my father about the Bible that would have his mouth hanging all the way open.
With this, I subconsciously thought I knew what was best about different things. If it didn’t make sense to me, I would give it the squint-eye, wondering, “What in the world is going on?” Some may call it strong-minded or opinionated. Others probably say I thought I knew everything. At the end of the day, I possessed it.
Now, some may say, “That’s not a big deal. God gave it to you, so why would he want to tame it?” I’m glad you asked that question because the answer is very simple. It all comes down to obedience.
You see, for God to be able to use someone they must be able to walk in faith and obedience. If they believe they know everything and struggle to do something that does not make sense to them how are they going to be able to do that. How will they submit? How will they trust? How will they wait? It is impossible.
This is one of the reasons that God allowed me to endure various seasons because it pushed back my knowledge and brought forth my faith.
My applying to Hampton University when I had only a 2.82 GPA didn’t utilize my knowledge. It tested my faith, and it was not in vain because less than 6 months later I had a scholarship from them covering tuition, room, and board as long as I maintained a 3.3 GPA during my undergrad season.
Now, I had to fight off doubt and fear, but at the end of the day I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by following God. Plus, when you are chosen by God, He, like any other proud coach, will recommend you for a match because He trusts you to win.
Look at Job. In Job 1:8 the Lord himself mentions Job to Satan when he shares with God that he had been traveling the Earth. The Almighty himself stated Job was, “the finest man in all the earth…blameless – a man of complete integrity…,” (NLT) and He agreed to allow Satan to test Job after the devil challenged God, saying that Job would curse Him if God’s protection was removed. Because God had faith in Job that Job would continue to have faith in God no matter what, He allowed the enemy to test Job to a certain degree.
As time went on God allowed the devil to up the tests, but He only did that because He knew that Job could and would press through, and He was right, Job cried. Job fell in his spirit. Job even cursed the day he was born, but he never cursed the God that he served. Because of his faith, dedication, and obedience the Almighty blessed him twice as much in the 2nd half of his life than in the 1st half. Did you hear that? HE GOT BLESSED TWICE AS MUCH.
So, not only was Job given the honor of shutting the devil’s mouth, but he was also given overflow for his struggle. But, it didn’t come without a price.
This is something I had to learn, and I’m still having to remind myself. Being someone who’s been destined before they were born to serve God is going to land you in the rink. It’s really that simple.
Running from it doesn’t change anything because being chosen by God is almost like having the scarlet letter. It doesn’t go away.
Thankfully because we serve a good God, in His perfect timing you will receive your blessing for fighting the good fight of faith. It can be rough during that time of struggle due to doubt, confusion, and/or various other things. Moments like this you have to remember scriptures like Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven…” (AMP)
So, command your soul to walk in faith and keep pressing on because our God, “…will never leave you nor forsake you…” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV) You will win this fight and walk away with victory. So, go ahead and jump back in the rink because the King of Glory will make sure you get a knockout.