5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
I love conversation. Give me a good Christian Scripture discussion and I'm enthralled. Much Less enthused when the discussion is the bitterness of unbelief. But with Love, Scripture conversation is wonderful. Combining with life being led with verve for HIM, and we are on the Way.
The beginning of our faith, the cornerstone IS the free gift of salvation Jesus gave us. The work He gives us is faith, believing God is who He is and what He says is True. Forgiveness being another core. The most amazing aspect of thriving Christianity is the gasp of forgiveness. Love covers a multitude of sins. The early Church is encouragement to go farther in Him.
Faith, servant heart, waiting quietly upon the Lord. And comparing this to the Gospel on servitude toiling all day, serving the meal and getting very little thanks. We have to look at the prayer for Jabez. I'm for the Prayer of Jabez, "Lord bless me by enlarging my field, and let me have no pain, and I will turn by blessings back upon You."
And no more is written of Jabez.
Faith - the day of blessing, the day of adversity is from the same Source.
Our strongest, biggest prayers are the most pleasing to Him. Jesus Himself recognized power, position, privilege and personal responsibility.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Peter, himself, had one of the finest houses in Capernaum. Jesus knew this about Peter! God does not separate us out until the chaff separates from the wheat. He came to save the World, knowing the cares of the world are faith chokers. Blocking us from the Light, lighting all of mankind.
Adversity, adversity is a learning tool. We learn installing an oven in 1,200 parts. Putting in floor joists. Working a home to perfection to sell it, doing that again, and again to establish a family home. We become a working knowledge with hope. Our daily bread - is like manna - daily. And the circle to give back stretches us more.
Adversity. Faith. Trusting God knows our heart. Our pain. Sufferings. And we can say to Him one of the most important aspects of Working to Believe God - Your will be done. Not in giving up, shrugging shoulders, but the servant going a little further. Dad, Father God, I trust You. I have aspirations, hope, needs, but I know You are my port. You slept in the storm. Knowing the winds blow and we don't always see where, but You do. In Jesus, Amen.
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
God is our Port. Our refuge. We trust HIM with our deepest desires. God knows ..... anyway. When we ask in faith, we are answered. No. Yes. Maybe. Maybe later. He is - always - going to say have faith. Faith the Way is forward and the Truth will be learning. And the Life, sometimes head before heart. However the soul asking with hope,faith, love is where HIS Heart is.
And the wind in the sail, stirring hope is that - all things - With God, all things are possible.
Your Will be Done.
Give us the Day.