I’ve read that when fear knocks, to answer with faith and if self-doubt comes, answer with confidence. Barbra Streisand said in a recent interview, she succeeded because she followed her gut. “You have to have both qualities – the self-doubt and the confidence.” There is probably no way to be totally free of self- doubt, (even the disciples doubted, John 6:16-21.) As we rely on the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we grow stronger, believing in ourselves and God’s grace to hold us near, using prayer as our lifeline and listening for the Lord’s answers.
Isn’t all of life about developing deeper faith that will enable us to trust, knowing no matter what happens we will be okay? If we focus on the hardships around us for our loved ones and ourselves, we can become immobilized and sink into despair. Faith amounts to a loving surrender in the firm confidence that we are God’s Beloved and are never alone. We are encouraged to keep our eyes on the Lord, not the troubles, praying for hope and perseverance, particularly for those who carry a cross of illness or grief.
It has been my experience that God’s mercy is all around us, strengthening those who face life-changing circumstances and those whose hands are feeble, curing inner blindness that fails to recognize God’s presence in every person and inspiration to reach out to those who are poor and vulnerable. Part of trusting is not understanding, but it moves us forward in faith. Faith is a powerful grace, changing many things and as it is released it inspires healing action.
Numerous verses in God’s love letter to us speak of faith. Here are a few verses to meditate with, to support us and enable our becoming whole and confident. What is God saying to each of us within these Scriptures and the circumstances of our lives today as caretakers? James 1:6 – “But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.” James 5:15 – “And the prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3 – “We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters, as is fitting, because your faith flourishes ever more and the love of every one of you for one another grows ever greater.” Matthew 13:58 – “And He did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – “Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love.”
I believe God is real and that faith works. Our prayer is crucial and our faith essential. We have a firm foundation as we seek God above all else. Are you willing to walk in faith, believing God is in charge and knows best?