"Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." ~ Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT)
While 2012 has been a personally difficult year for my family and me, God has proven Himself to be faithful. He has used so many challenges and disappointments to strengthen my faith and trust in Him. Because of his steadfast love, I have learned that I can have hope in all things and through all circumstances.
The journey of life is sometimes hard and requires more faith than I can muster on our own. The tendency to look back grows in me and if I are not careful, I can live life looking back with regrets, with longings, or with continuous "what-ifs." The Bible tells me that God uses circumstances to test my faith (James 1:3) and without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). While reflection is healthy, dwelling too long in the past can be crippling to my walk of faith. Since faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not see (Hebrews 11:1) faith doesn't grow in rearview living. Faith is only developed when I cannot see the end result.
God's desire for me is to have a life rooted in faith resulting in growth and maturity. If I know His Word and am looking through eyes of faith, He will show me the right path to take. Regardless of the situation or circumstance, faith will grow in me as I keep my eyes on Jesus, the Author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2).
~ Missy Kennedy, © 2012