This week we remember those who have given their lives for the lives of others, for the freedom that we enjoy today. When they were called to do so, faith would have played a part. They must have had faith that they would succeed, that they would return. There will have been times when faith may have felt like the only thing they had. It may not have been faith in God, but as we have said before faith is having trust or confidence is something. That faith may have been faith in their leaders, or in their comrades, in peace, and for many it would have been faith in God.
How would a faith in God help? Because a faith in God often brings strength and comfort. There is no problem with questioning, and wondering, but within Christianity there is a belief that although there will be bad, there will also be good, and that God is walking along side us all of the way. Joel Osteen said:
“God is not going to stop every difficulty, every bad break, but He will give you the strength, the power, the grace to go through”
My Granny’s favourite poem was footprints, with the idea that God walks with us, but when there is only one set of footprints that is when God is carrying us.
In Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth he writes
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
This is what faith is for Christians and why it brings strength and comfort. To believe that God will only give us what we can bear, but he will even help us through that. We are never on our own, but can trust that He is holding our hand, or holding us in his hands, no matter what.
Sometimes though, we do need to make that decision to hand it over to God in the first place, and to be willing to put our faith in Him – accepting that there are things which are out of our control – believe me I know that is like the pot calling the kettle black – but we can try!
Challenge: Are there any difficulties that you are facing that you could hand over to God so that you receive strength and comfort?