I Questioned My Faith
Theme of the Week: Stretched by God
Monday, April 28, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. (Proverbs 3:25-26, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Psalm 46
My first calling was as a real estate developer, and I loved it. But then the Orlando office market became seriously overbuilt. Vacancies hit an all-time record. A major tenant moved out of one of our office buildings, [and] we just could not find a replacement.
One of my investors had too much of his money in that one deal, and he came unglued. He started spreading rumors and threatened a lawsuit. The situation seemed impossible. Before long, I started to question my faith in God. Then one day I read [today's Key Bible Verses]. The Lord spoke to my heart, and I believed God in the face of unbelievable circumstances. It was just a baby step, but I took it. My little bit of faith must have been at least as big as a mustard seed because I found the courage to carry on. Even though the business deal got worse, not better, I was able to resolve my problems with the investor without legal action. And my faith grew.
So the next time you're in a [difficult] situation, believe God anyway. That's one of the main ways he is making you into the man he wants you to be. The more you use your faith muscle, the bigger it will get.
—Patrick Morley in How God Makes Men
My Response: What was a situation that stretched my faith muscle? How did I respond?
Adapted from How God Makes Men by Patrick Morley (Multnomah, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, growth happens most often in times of stretching; please give me the grace to humbly submit myself to your will—even when it hurts—and let you transform me into the man you want me to be.
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