Faith Under Pressure

Sometimes, it can feel like you’ve been left out to dry.

James 1:3 – You know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve been placed in the spin cycle of your washing machine? Things are whirling about in vicious cycles, and you wonder what is going on and when will it end. Then when the spinning stops, you may feel wrung out, and left “hanging out to dry.”  Staying with the analogy, though, you realize you haven’t been shredded, you’ve not shrunken, you are barely wrinkled.  The pressure of a hot iron, and you’ll be good as new!  Your faith has been tested!

It is human to get worked up over circumstances you don’t control. Often, the more you try to do “something,” the faster things line up asking for more attention. Discouragement sets in. Stop a minute. God works on an entirely different schedule. He has a specific time for every event, and each has a specific purpose (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  When you acknowledge that God is in control over everything, and that He has a time for everything concerning you, then you can wait patiently for His timing.  “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7).

Pray With Us

Dear Heavenly Father, I have to confess that some days it feels like I’ve been put through the wringer. My emotions are frayed and my hopes and dreams have been hung out to dry. Forgive me, for in those times, I have allowed my faith to waiver.  I know Your Word says that when my faith is tested, my character grows as I turn and rely once again on You. So, help me keep my focus on You and not on my trials. I long to have that golden precious faith that Peter mentioned.  You are so good, and I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  • Thank God that you can increase your faith as you hang onto Romans 5:3-4 that says, “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”
  • Reaffirm your hope in God and in His character and plan for America.
  • Pray for President Trump, his legal advisers, and campaign staff, as they challenge election results.
  • Pray for Joe Biden as he moves forward into a time of transition with the projection that he has won the election.
  • Pray that you will stand firm for your faith in God, no matter the circumstances.
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