Child-like Faith

This post reminds me that many of God’s most faithful followers praised Him while IN the fiery furnace, not when they were safely delivered from it. The following scripture comes to mind: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Unshakable Hope

As I’ve said in other posts, I do not believe that God causes trials. But He clearly does allow difficult times to come upon even those that are closest to Christ. (If you don’t believe this, please study the life of the Apostle Paul).

When you read the Old Testament, especially the book of Job, you’ll find that people of those times believed trials and tribulations only came upon the ungodly. Most of the book of Job is his so-called “friends” trying to figure out what Job did or didn’t do to deserve these horrible trials. Poor Job sits at their feet scraping his boils trying to defend himself against their baseless accusations.

Trials humble us and expose self-righteousness in others and in ourselves.

I’m thankful that I don’t have friends like Job. Today, when looking upon those going through difficult trials, the humbled believer will likely think,

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2 thoughts on “Child-like Faith

  1. We need to read Scripture Naomi not just in context but as a whole Picture from Genesis to Revelation, having asked for and received God’s wisdom and His empowering.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    As I shared with Bill, yes we all experience suffering and hardship regardless of being Christians or not. We live in a fallen world it is not how God created it, which was very good and Satan now has won control of it because of the fall which we see with Job but he can only go so far.

    We do indeed reap what we sow this is God’s Discipline, also accidents happen, people hurt us and yes Satan also puts us to the test seeking to try and cause us to fall away, meaning reject Jesus the unforgivable sin but God does not willingly afflict us which includes willingly allow us to suffer but when Satan seeks to temp us to sin, God strengthens us and helps us endure as we see confirmed in the Scripture below, He knows those who are His.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    We ourselves do not willingly allow those we Love to suffer or do we put them to hard testing to prove themselves but we do confirm God’s Truth by their words and actions and as Bill said if they think their own goodness saves them they are without Eternal Hope, only True heart repentance which shows we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour saves us and we will show we have Salvation by our words and actions, as the Scripture confirms and it also confirms it is Satan not God who afflicts us.

    1 Peter 1:6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold Temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

    James 1:12-14 Blessed is the man that endureth Temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that Love Him. Let no man say when he is Tempted, I am Tempted of God: for God cannot be Tempted with evil, neither Tempteth He any man But every man is Tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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