Raising Our Expectations (or My Personal Struggle With Lack of Faith)

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3)

Too often we settle for much less than what God wants to do through us. We read in Jeremiah 32:27: “I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Me?” and we answer, “No Lord.” Yet, when we face difficult situations we begin to qualify our belief in God and lower our expectations of what God will do. It is one thing to believe God could perform a miracle in the Bible, or a thousand years ago, or even in the life of a friend; it is quite another matter to wholeheartedly believe God can do anything He chooses to do in our lives!

When almighty God speaks to us, what we do next proves what we believe about Him, regardless of what we say. God revealed to Moses His plan to orchestrate the greatest exodus in human history, and He wanted to use Moses to accomplish it. Moses responded by arguing with God! Moses was overwhelmed by what he heard and began to make excuses for why he could not participate in God’s activity. Moses would have readily acknowledged his belief in God’s power, he simply did not believe God could do His miraculous work through his life. Moses’ argument with God limited his ministry for the rest of his life (Exod. 4:13–16).

Do you sense there may be far more that God wants to do through your life than what you have been experiencing? Ask God to show you what it is, then be prepared to respond in faith and obedience to what He tells you.

Above is an excerpt from “Experiencing God, Day-by-Day” by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby. I love this devotional!

People often have this idea that missionaries have it all together, that we never doubt or struggle with our faith. That idea is false. Sometimes I think that people on the mission field probably struggle with faith more than those back home. There are so many difficulties and hurdles to jump when you live in a culture that is devoutly against Christianity. Every day is a battle field and to be honest, at times I try to fight alone and those are the days that I lose the fight. But luckily I serve a God who has already won the war and He loves me enough to keep fighting on my side.

My family has been going through some stuff. Sometimes it feels like it’s been one thing after another since my sister died six years ago. But right now my mom is fighting some health issues and it’s hard for me to remain hopeful. I’ve realized that this lack of hope is really a lack of faith.

“Moses would have readily acknowledged his belief in God’s power, he simply did not believe God could do His miraculous work through his life.” I love this because it’s so true for me. I don’t doubt God’s power in the big things, but sometimes I doubt that He can perform miracles in the little parts of my life and my family.

So right now I’m working on building up my faith, immersing myself in The Word so that I can respond in faith and obedience instead of doubt. And I’m thanking God in advance for the miracle He is going to perform in my mom and my family.

Aon, Ya and I have a phrase that we say to each other on a daily basis: พระเจ้าทำได้ (Prajeow tom dai). It means “God can do” and it’s a reminder that when we are weak, God is strong, there is nothing that He cannot do.

So to those of you who also struggle with a lack of faith at times, my encouragement for you is:

พระเจ้าทำได้, God can do!


 

 

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