Believe and Trust God| By Emily Lawson

Tell me something. Do you believe in God? 

I am sure, if you are here, your answer is surely a resounding, “YES”. 

However, I challenge you. Think about it. Think hard. Think deep. 

How much do you REALLY believe in Him? 

When things start going sour, are you upset? 

When something unexpected comes up, are you praying for it to be moved quickly?

When your plans fall through, are you asking why? 

I do. I’m the WORST. I am constantly having my “human moment” of tears and anger, before I calm myself down, and have a conversation with God. (Note: calm MYSELF down)

The last couple weeks have been convicting. I have found that I have placed God in this tiny box of my expectations. And that is where I expected Him to stay. 

Read that again, you read it right. Where I expected HIM to stay. If things went the way I wanted them too, God was good. If things did not go the way I wanted, then something was wrong, and I must be being punished for something. 

Though I talked about God’s plan being good, and is timing being right, I did not really TRUST His plan or His timing. 

And that’s the difference. 

Belief vs. Trust. 

Believe (per dictionary.com): to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something.

Trust (per dictionary.com): confident expectation of something.

Believing in God as a being is only half the question. Do you believe in the parts of the Bible where it says He is all knowing? Always present? All powerful? Do we, in other words, TRUST His words? 

In the third chapter of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, bound and fully clothed, that was heated to seven times its normal temperature, all because they refused to worship the gods of the King. The men that threw them in actually died as a result of the heat that was being omitted from the opening. However, when the king looked in, he saw that there were FOUR men, which were unbound and walking around. He called them forth from the fire. 

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw that these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, not was the hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him. Daniel 3:27-28

Had they only believed that He existed, but not trusted in the power He held, the results would have been very different. 

And because of their trust, the fire had no power! They did not even SMELL of smoke! 

It is the same for us today. We’re going to face fires in this world, whether it be unmet personal expectations or burdens that feel like they weigh a ton. They have no power over us when we trust in His power. We’re under the same protection that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were under. 

God does not change. This world is not so different either. The King has his gods that he expected the people of his kingdom to worship. Today’s world had their gods too. Social media, beauty regimes, celebrities, crystals, loose morals, and more. And they expect all of these things to be put before the one true God. They expect God to fit in around everything else. 

We need to stand firm like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, no matter the consequences, because we have the belief and the trust in our Lord that He will not forsake us. 

And through that, we can show others the amazing power they’re missing out on! 

So, reevaluate where you stand. Where does your belief stand? I’ve got some moving up to do!

When God Doesn’t Move The Mountain| By Tori Savoy

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Faith is strong enough to move mountains, but what will happen to your faith when the mountain does not move?

“God moves mountains” has become a common phrase in Christian culture. The mountain is a metaphor for the trials and tribulations standing in our way. It is another way of saying “God can do the impossible” if you have the faith necessary, which is completely scriptural and true.

However, we sometimes forget that while God CAN accomplish the impossible in our lives, it may not always be the exact miracle we were praying for.

About two years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and the journey has been one of the hardest I have ever experienced. Not only did it begin to deteriorate my physical health, my mental health began to be greatly impacted. Depression and anxiety are common symptoms of this condition, and boy did those hit me hard. It was hard for people to understand exactly what I was going through, and I always felt like I was a burden to those around me. I had never felt so alone in my life. On numerous occasions, my symptoms got so hard to deal with that I even asked God to end my life so I could be free of the pain.

With tears rolling down my face, I cried out to God one night asking why he was not taking away this pain.

I heard a soft whisper from above, “My child, you are waiting for me to move a mountain that I intended for you to climb.”

For years, I always heard that mountains move. Never did I consider climbing one.

“Climb it? But what for? Why is this my mountain to climb? Why can’t I climb a different mountain?” my frustrated mind asked God.

But you see, I did not need to know the answer to that. I needed to just have faith in his plan.

Faith does not only move mountains. Faith can transform us and take us places we never thought we would go before.

Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Faith is taking a step out (or up a mountain) into the unknown, facing something scary before us, and serving God despite not knowing what will happen in the end.

So on that difficult night, I decided to use my pain to bring God glory. To trust him, pack up my climbing gear, and aim for that mountaintop. No matter how difficult the climb got, I knew that as I ascended up the mountain I was further away from that valley below me.

And boy does the top of that mountain have a gorgeous view! Once I reached the top, I finally saw the beauty of his master plan in its entirety as I looked down on the valleys that once held me captive.

The climb has shaped me into who I am, brought me closer to God, and allowed me to have more compassion for others’ struggles.

What will happen to your faith when the mountain doesn’t move? Will you camp out in your valley and loathe in self pity, or will you take on that mountain with full faith?

“I lift my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalms 121:1-2