Footsteps in Faith: Faith gives us ability to endure, see God’s many blessings

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Ronaldo Pascua
Rear Detachment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

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Do you ever wonder why God allows you to go through difficult times?

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus warns Simon Peter of hard times ahead of him.

Jesus said, “Satan has asked to sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”

It is interesting to notice that Jesus warns Simon Peter of the devil’s desire to attack him. At first, we may not understand the implications of sifting wheat. In those days, wheat was sifted in several ways. To obtain the wheat from inside the hull, the hull would have to be broken. It would either be beaten again and again with a stick, trampled over by the hooves of oxen or run over by a boulder.

It is also interesting to notice that Jesus did not prevent the sifting from happening. He could have told Satan to leave Simon Peter alone. He could have prevented Simon Peter from going through hardships. But instead, Jesus told Simon Peter that he was praying for him. More specifically, he was praying for his faith.

What will help you through the hard times of life? It is our faith to endure.

Jesus prayed that Simon Peter’s faith might not fail. Sometimes we go through overwhelming situations that make us want to quit. We must have faith in God and trust that he will take us through the storms of life.

Scripture says, in Psalms 23:4, although we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we do not have to fear, because God is with us.

Faith is more than just asking God for things and believing that you will receive it. Faith is more about doing what God wants you to do.

Sometimes it is hard to obey God and sometimes, we must endure hardship.

To receive the promises of God, we must have the faith to endure.

The book of Hebrews says, “You need to persevere, so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Faith gives us the ability to look ahead to see the blessings of God.

Why did Jesus allow Simon Peter to go through a time of hardship? The sifting would cause Simon Peter to become the man that God could use.

Jesus continued on to say, “When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

You, too, should not give up.

Faith will give you the ability to endure the hardship you are facing right now.

 

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