Devotional February 10, 2017

Exodus 29 | Exodus 30 | Romans 4

Well happy Friday to everyone! What a week I must say! I am not sure how yours has been, but if you have kept up with me, my daughter was born on Tuesday February 7th and my birthday was the following day February 8th. We had a full on birthday week bash and I loved every minute of it!

Just to give you a quick update on momma. Jennifer is doing well. She has been dealing with some swelling in her mid-section, which was something she dealt with in her first pregnancy, but doctors reassured us that it was normal. She just needed to walk more and allow all her organs to slowly take their place. She was also dealing with a on and off fever, but doctors gave her some medication to help fight that off. Doctors also took an X-Ray to check if everything was ok and it was. All in all my wife has recovered tremendously well with the obvious soreness from the C-section procedure.  Jennifer is recovering like a champ and just resting as much as possible now. We are hoping to bring her and baby Saige home today.

Like I said it has been an incredible week and I cannot stop thinking about God’s faithfulness through this all. These last 9 months we faced many uncertainties and had many questions, but we remained faithful.

Faith is not just a noun, but a verb. It something that requires action on all levels – mentally, emotionally, verbally and physically.
— JS

I want you to know that it is ok to fell a sense of doubt and uncertainty in your life. We are human. But what we can’t do is allow that to paralyze us from going forward. I love what FDR says, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. That could not be any truer.

Did my wife and I face many fears in this pregnancy? Yes. Did my wife and I question this pregnancy and its purpose? Yes. Did we pull away from God’s plan for our lives? No. I said this middle of last year, but when we first received the news of our baby, we had thoughts of abortion and rejection. I am being as real as I can be. It was a tough pill for me and Jennifer to swallow, but more for Jennifer. She faced many mental battles and even thoughts of death. We were close to throwing in the towel, but we didn’t. We might have been holding on by a string, but we were still holding on to someone and that someone was God.

That is what separates the weak from the strong. That is what separates the faithful to the faithless. That is what separates true love to emotions.

Faith is not just a noun, but a verb. It something that requires action on all levels – mentally, emotionally, verbally and physically.

This is the perfect example of someone that could have given up, but didn’t’. The bible says in Romans 4: 18-20 “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping-believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, ‘That’s how many descendants you will have!’ And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age he figured his body was as good as dead – and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.”

There are so many other people in the bible and even people in our lifetime that did not give up. They continued fighting – they continued believing that their lives had worth and meaning. They kept believing in their purpose and promise. They kept fighting the good fight of faith.


Application: How are you building your faith? Where and in what areas are you lacking faith? Take some time and answer these questions in detail.

 

Reference Song: Give me Faith by Elevation Worship