Learning to be Faithful and Not to Fear

soccer ball

The question is never if God has my back.  The question is always do I have His?   Last week we received an email about our oldest daughter’s soccer team.  The team manager was checking to see who would like to play indoor soccer and that the games would be on Sunday mornings.  My husband, daughter, and I all talked and unanimously decided that we would not sacrifice going to church on Sunday mornings.   Her outdoor season worked out well with her games at noon on Sunday.  We were able to go to Life Groups, attend worship service, and even get back for Sunday evening service.  Sunday mornings would not work at all even with our church having two bible study and worship times.   My reply to her email simply said that she would like to play, but Sunday mornings just didn’t work for us.  I replied that God is the most important part of our family and that Sunday mornings are about all the time He truly gets.  I went on to say that we could pay and have her on the roster, but she would only be able to play games that weren’t on Sunday morning.  Then thanked her for all of her work because managing any kind of team requires a lot of time.

This my friends is why I know I serve the One and Only true living God and that every word/promise in the Bible is true!  Today I received an email from the team manager that the game schedules had been changed.  That there were no Sunday games on the new schedule and asked if our daughter would still like to play.   This is just one small example of how God has worked each and every time our family or myself has taken a stand or step of faith.  I had even told our daughter that if she is suppose to play this indoor session that God would change the schedule.  He has provided in this way all of my life.  My human sinful nature started to tempt me and I start to fear things like “What will the other parents say?”  “Now she may not get asked to play at all.”  The fearful, doubtful, and worrisome thought list goes on and on.  The sinful thoughts vary based on the decision that I or our family as a whole needs to make.

God already has the answers and plan.  Sometimes His plan is completely different yet always better.  He has my back.  There is no question about that.  Do I have His?  That is the question.  Can I set my human fears, doubts, worries, and selfishness aside?  Can I stand for my faith in a firm yet calm and loving way?

So often there is a misinterpretation of what standing up for faith requires.  Most often it is a calm and simple no.  Then followed by a calm explanation that God is more important than the other option presented.  This is a work within my life that is in progress.  There have been times I have succumbed to the temptation of fear and self.  Times I have failed to be faithful I have missed a blessing.  Every time I have put God first He has overcome all my fears and doubts.  When I trust in Him fully He shows me His awesome power.

Luke 16:10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”

1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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