I went to a women’s luncheon this week. The speaker led the Bible study entitled, “When Your Faith Feels Weak.” I needed to hear what she had to say. Just two days into the week (Tuesday), I was already stressed out and feeling beat up. What the speaker said first caught my attention: “God uses imperfect people for His perfect plan.” I immediately thought, “Imperfect? That’s me, alright. Maybe there’s hope for me yet.”
A lot of women (and men) struggle with faith, grappling with the “unexplainable” things of God. I do, especially when I’ve pushed myself too hard, not getting rest, not practicing HALT (hunger-anger-loneliness-tired). When I plugged into this Bible study, it was a refreshing reminder that nothing is too hard for God.
Sarah was our first woman of faith in the Bible. At 90 years of age she was told she would have a baby. Her response? She laughed. Job had his health, family, possessions taken away. He even questioned his faith by asking why he was born. Job worked through his lack of faith when he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him.” John the Baptist struggled with his faith, too. He was honest in his weakness when he asked, “Is Jesus the One?”
The last point of Tuesday’s lesson concentrated on surrounding yourself with faith-filled people. Amen to that! When I’m down, someone always comes along to lift me up. Hebrews 10:23-25 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
I am comforted in the fact that Jesus welcomes our questions, which are chronicled in scripture. Even our struggles are part of His plan for us. Our faith springs from hope and carries us through. It certainly did for me this week. Tuesday’s lesson and reminder carried me through some rough waters on Thursday and Friday, and I’m relying on my faith-builders to help me carry the load.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1