This past week I spent a few days with some ministry leaders I’ve known for over 25 years. We worked with each other at various times over the years but regardless of our ministry affiliations, we’ve kept in touch.
While together for several days, each of us had about two hours to share what was happening in our lives, our families, our health, our ministries and some of our trials. This in-depth sharing allowed us to put out many of the real issues we face.
No two of us were alike in what we shared or what we face in our lives, ministries or families. There are many difficult things shared but what challenged me was that each of these men are attempting to live a life of faith to honor our Lord.
Major health issues, family crisis, physical limitations and capacity to minister, unexpected closed doors for ministry, and many more things were shared. I stand amazed at how each man shared how he was believing God in the midst of these issues.
One man shared that he was motivated by this verse: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:58)
Hebrews says it this way, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1) “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Heb 11:6)
To me, the issue for each of us is summarized with this question: How am I believing God for what is happening in my life?
Take a few moments to ponder some of the thoughts mentioned above. Pray about what the Lord brings to your mind.