What I read today;
Romans 8; Matthew 8; Isaiah 8; Job 8; Joshua 8; Genesis 8
We all know people who are the bright, radiating sunshine of faith. Until something goes wrong. Then they curse God with all their might. The true faith of a person shows itself when they are going through a severe trial in their life.
I’ve known many people in this lifetime who have suffered a great deal and watched as their faith flourished.
I know one gentleman who had a tumor removed from the base of his brain when he was in his 40’s. His surgery left him temporarily paralyzed on one side of his face. The power coffee drinker didn’t let that deter him though, he just drank his coffee with a straw. Later in life, he suffered through back surgeries and other ailments. Yet he still tries to golf and still speaks endlessly about his church and his faith.
I know another young man who in his early 30’s suffered through multiple cancer surgeries. Today 20 years later he is thriving.
My wife deals with Rheumatoid Arthritis every day. Somedays, she is in extreme pain. Yet her faith never moves an inch.
The list goes on and on. People who have survived cancer, heart disease, financial failures, family meltdowns, and much worse. Yet you see the faith they carry each and every day they walk through this life. They are the heroes of faith. They are the true giants of faith. The ones who walk through life, knowing that Jesus is helping them, carrying them, and loving them every day.
They are the living embodiment of Romans 8 vs. 35-39 – “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NRSV