“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8
When was the last time you were stunned by captivating beauty created by our undeniable God? It happened for me the first week of this new year when I roamed far enough away from the porch lights to see the sky full of stars. Orion’s belt seemed only a few football fields away. Lord, how can anyone see this and not believe you are the Creator, I thought. Not expecting a conversation, I heard within my soul, “Will I find faith in the earth?”
Will you find faith in the earth? How could you not? The earth is full of your splendor. Then, I asked myself, where is my faith when I’m not stunned by the beauty of the Creator, when I’m not aware of His Presence, when I’m wrapped up in my agenda and swallowed by the demands of the day? It wavers. Standing under a clear sky full of stars my faith soars, clouded by pressure it drowns.
If you, Lord, are going to find faith in the earth, it must start with me. What am I not believing you for right now? What dreams did I abandon last year because I was too tired to believe?
I love the stories in the Old Testament where the Israelites go into battle praising the Lord. “Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”
As we go into this new year, with challenges ahead, both seen and unseen, how can we demonstrate that type of faith?
Just as Jehoshaphat said to the Lord before entering battle, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” 2 Chron 20:12
How will faith be found in you?
In His Unfailing Love,