Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
- Romans 4:20-21
At my church, I teach a Sunday school class for kids who are two and three years old. A few weeks ago, I was sitting at the head of the table, explaining a lesson to them on Paul having faith in the Lord. Faith. It’s a pretty hard concept for young children to grasp. Honestly, it can be a difficult thing for me to understand sometimes, as well.
Sitting in front of the class, I tried to think of how to explain faith to them. “Well, it’s kind of like trust.”
“What’s trust?”, echoed back a few small voices.
“Trust is…” I was stuck. How was I to explain trust to three-year-olds?
“Trust is sort of when you believe someone. Like your parents. You know that when they say they will get you lunch after church that they will do it, right? Or, how if you’re cold, you know that they’ll take care of you and help you get warm. When your parents tell you they love you, you believe them, right?” At this point, some of the younger kids were lost, but the older ones nodded their heads. “See, that’s trust. And were supposed to trust God, and that’s called faith.”
Sometimes, when I am trying to teach the kids the lesson that has been prepared, I feel like I am teaching myself one.
Faith can be an incredibly difficult thing to practice. It calls for us to believe in the Lord’s plan, even when we can’t see it. However, just as there are people who have been especially gifted with other gifts, there are some people who God has blessed with the spiritual gift of faith.
Although we are all called to have faith, there are individuals who have the ability to have an incredible and unshakeable trust in God’s word and power. We see this gift in people from the bible such as Noah. The Lord told him that there was going to be a flood and that he needed to prepare for it. While others thought he was crazy, Noah spent decades of his life building an ark because the Lord told him to.
We are also shown the gift of faith in Abraham when he is willing to sacrifice his only son because the Lord told him to. Isaac was the miracle, promised son that the Lord gave him and his barren wife. He had so much to lose by stepping out in faith, but He did it anyway because he trusted the Lord. Abraham knew that his God was good and, therefore, so was His plan.
The gift of faith doesn’t always show itself in such extreme acts. Often times, it’s a steady and constant faith that can be difficult for others. Those with the spiritual gift of faith are those who inspire others to remain confident in God’s plan. They’re trusting in times of trials and lean on the Lord through them. Reader, if you were blessed with the spiritual gift of faith, praise God. Do not overlook this gift. It’s one that not only inspires Christians but shows the power in the Lord’s promise to others. You encourage others to keep believing in God, even when it’s hard.
1. If faith is one of your spiritual gifts, how do you use it?
2. If faith isn’t one of your spiritual gifts, how do those gifted encourage you with it?
Lord, I praise you for being a good and loving God. I thank you for me being able to trust You and Your plan, even when life gets difficult. I pray that I can grow in my faith and show others the power of your promise. I love you, Amen.
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