Our Sustenance In The Trenches

Our Sustenance In The Trenches

Friday, 30 July 2021

“Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by GOD.” – Hebrews 11:10 NLT

In my Christian walk, I’ve seen saints getting excited after receiving a word from God. The excitement that the creator of heaven and earth took time off His busy schedule to address their seemingly insignificant issue. There is also an immediate realization that the promise will not manifest immediately, yet they endure and keep fighting a good fight of faith. A couple of months down the road the faith is then tested, this is when the cracks in the foundations start to show. This is when it becomes obvious that maybe the foundation of the building might not be as durable as they thought it was. And unfortunately, in some cases, the pressure gets too much and the foundation collapses. This is when most abandon their wait and disappear into the unknown.

We all admire Abraham and are always encouraged by his faith, we always associate the word, faith, with him. We know how he left his people because of his faith in God. What most don’t realize is that from receiving the promise of a child until the birth of the child, this took over twenty years. The man left his home and his people and slept in tents for decades still believing GOD. Through the sand storms, scorpions, heatstroke, and possible ridicule, the man believed. On days when his faith may have been tested, he encouraged himself by imagining the promises. This is what sustained him during the trying times.

Let us put Abraham’s journey and his unwavering faith into perspective. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen [sand storms, tents, and desert heat], but on what is unseen [promises of God, for Abraham the city GOD had promised and a great nation], since what is seen is temporary [the temporary situation was more than 20 years, him being old and Sarah being past her childbearing age], but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NLT). If The Father Of Faith, himself, could wait and be patient for so long, why are we so impatient with GOD? After just a couple of months, we start to doubt if we truly heard from Him. We allow pressure from society, friends, and loved ones to make us forfeit our blessings. We need that stubborn kind of faith, one that refuses to look at Hagar (a seemingly viable alternative) but one that endures storms and challenges.

“And without faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” Hebrews 11:6 NIV. This Scripture isn’t referencing faith of a couple of months, but one that waits on GOD because He isn’t man and won’t change His mind. This is how we walk in our blessings, by believing He is able while we are still in the trenches. 

This is how we walk in our blessings, by believing He is able while we are still in the trenches

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