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Faith Under Trial
Everyone loves stories. We love to hear them, read them, and watch them in the theator or on the movie screen. Somehow stories communicate on a deeper level than simple statements. It’s one thing to say, “Trust God even when things are going bad;” and something entirely differnet to say, “Once upon a time there was teenager named Joseph.”
The Bible stories we have been looking at (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and now Joseph) present people who are all walking the faith journey, but each story is unique. There are certainly some similarities; but it is the differences that makes the individual stories so facisinating.
In a simliar way, the stories of our faith journeys are alike in many ways but each story is unique. The line that sticks with me from this morning’s sermon is “Don’t give up Joseph, the story is not over yet.” How badly we need that faith perspective when we are in the middle of a struggle and are not at all clear of how it will end. This is where the faith stories of Bible characters (and the people who sit around you at church) are so vital. We need to hear from people that have gone through the fire and come out on the other side. We need to hear those tales to reassure us that God is with us even when we can’t see him or understand what he is doing.
I yearn for the day when my “faith shall be sight.” That will be the day when faith is no longer necessary. While we live on this earth, however, we trust knowing that the story is not finished yet.