What Does Big Faith Look Like? (Y1.T1.D52)
Updated: Apr 26, 2022
On Saturday, November 19, 2021, I was faced with an unexpected storm and a rare moment of big faith.
Before I share an example of big faith in my life, I’d like to confess. My usual response to storms is similar to the disciples who saw death in the winds and waves rather than trusting a capable Savior sleeping among them.
But on November 20, I saw God clearly through the clouds, and I was humbled.
To clarify, this feeling of humility was not a product of embarrassment or disgrace but the overwhelming knowledge that God cares about my life. Not just the beating of my heart or the inhalation of oxygen that keeps me alive—his commitment to me extends beyond that. Yahweh is interested in the things that make me smile. Big things like a job. Small things like a sunset. And everything in-between.
I’m being vague. I don’t want to be because the emotion isn’t.
On November 6, 2021, I’d been celebrating the goals God helped me accomplish over the past year. Ideas bounced around inside me about what I’d like to focus on in 2022. Of course, this blog would be top on the list. But what about other things?
I have thirteen unfinished novels in various stages of completion. Given my creative workload, I had no idea how I’d ever be able to finish them. As I shared in a previous post, I reprioritized my life to make what I do for God first and foremost.
This led to working three days a week on this blog and three days a week as a paid consultant. Since I believe God blessed us with a day of rest, I had no time to write novels. To be clear these stories weren’t inspirational fiction. They weren’t important to anyone but me. But deep in my heart, I wanted to publish them. They meant something to me.
And on November 19, 2021, God heard my unuttered prayer and the desires of my heart. He cared enough to end the contracting job without warning. On the following Monday morning, I would no longer have to sign into a company website and draft curriculum corrections—something I loved doing but burned creative energy.
Losing this contract should have freaked me out. I had no other income. But in a rare moment of big faith, I confidently remembered God miraculously provided me that job ten months prior, and he will provide me another when what I’ve set aside for a rainy day is exhausted.
And what do I get to do in the meantime?
Finish those novels. Market the ones already published. Continue this blog.
This is what big faith looks like.
I don’t know what scary or terrifying storm is stirring up the question of God’s compassion for you, but be sure of this. If you were to ask him, “Don’t you care?” He will calm your mind amid the chaos around you. And if you “delight yourself in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
I Trust You
36 Leaving the multitude, they took him with them, even as he was, in the boat. Other small boats were also with him. (Mark 4:36)
23a But as they sailed, he fell asleep. (Luke 8:23a)
1 The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;
but Yahweh weighs the motives.
3 Commit your deeds to Yahweh,
and your plans shall succeed.
4 Yahweh has made everything for its own end—
yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh:
they shall certainly not be unpunished.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for.
By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.
7 When a man’s ways please Yahweh,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness,
than great revenues with injustice.
9 A man’s heart plans his course,
but Yahweh directs his steps.
10 Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king.
He shall not betray his mouth.
11 Honest balances and scales are Yahweh’s;
all the weights in the bag are his work.
12 It is an abomination for kings to do wrong,
for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings.
They value one who speaks the truth.
14 The king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but a wise man will pacify it.
15 In the light of the king’s face is life.
His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.
16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil.
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
and an arrogant spirit before a fall.
19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor,
than to divide the plunder with the proud.
20 He who heeds the Word finds prosperity.
Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent.
Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.
22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
but the punishment of fools is their folly.
23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth,
and adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
25 There is a way which seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of the laboring man labors for him;
for his mouth urges him on.
27 A worthless man devises mischief.
His speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse man stirs up strife.
A whisperer separates close friends.
29 A man of violence entices his neighbor,
and leads him in a way that is not good.
30 One who winks his eyes to plot perversities,
one who compresses his lips, is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory.
It is attained by a life of righteousness.
32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from Yahweh.. (Proverbs 16:1-33)
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, I choose understanding rather than silver (Proverbs 16:16). Where my faith is small, increase it (Luke 17:5–6). Where my desires are inappropriate, change them (Proverbs 16:9). Thank You for those moments when You clear the clouds surrounding my life and give me peace.
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