I've been doing some thinking, so my coffee is nice and strong this morning...
I've been pondering a conversation I had earlier in the week. One I gave a quick response to but then it kinda gnawed at me awhile...like it wasn't quite through with me...like it was asking, "Are you sure about that?" "Is that your final answer?"
The conversation had to do with facing opposition in your faith...
Do you ever feel like you're standing alone in your faith?
In the workplace...with your family...in your circle of friends...maybe even in your church?
This was part of our discussion at bible study this week. What do you do when you are livng in line with the Word and those around you are not? Or worse yet, mock the fact that you are...
Do you let them pull you down? Do you lose heart?
As God would have it, my devotional this week brought some clarity...
According to Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, "A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone. In the first phases of Christian life disheartenments come, people who used to be lights flicker out, and those who used to stand with us pass away. We have to get so used to it that we never know we are standing alone...Allow nothing to keep you from looking God sternly in the face about yourself and about your doctrine, and every time you preach see that you look God in the face about things first, then the glory will remain all through..."
While we may find those who believe as we do, they are not our barometer...they are not who we base our faith on. For that we stand alone, one on one with Christ. His is the face we seek glory in.
"The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And he rescued me from certain death." 2 Timothy 4:16-17
Do you feel like you are standing alone in your faith?
Yes, but that is how it should be...the firmness of my faith is only as strong as the foundation and that rests squarely on the Cornerstone...my one on one relationship with Christ...
and that's my final answer.
Have a wonderful weekend,
These pretty flowers are what's blooming in my garden this month. There are roses, columbine, pincushion flowers, scented geraniums, daisy's, statice and peruvian lillies. Hope you've enjoyed them as much as I do.