Everyday we encounter facts. If you look at your bank statement, you get facts. If you have a leaking roof — you can see the facts. If you get an unfavorable diagnosis from your doctor on a test result, you hear the facts. If you get fired from a job — you experience facts… this list could go on and on. You get my point though, we all encounter those black and white facts.
But, Sunday morning while I was reading through Romans 4 verse 19 jumped off of the page at me.
In spite of being nearly one hundred years old when the promise of having a son was made, his (Abraham) faith was so strong that it could not be undermined by the fact that he and Sarah were incapable of conceiving a child. Romans 4:19 The Passion Translation
Did you see that? Abrahams faith was so strong that it could not be undermined by the fact!
With each of the facts that I have had to face, I have had two options for a response: I could believe the facts or I could have faith and trust in the word God has given me.
Too often I am guilty of focusing so much on the facts that I miss the reality of faith.
The truth is, there are heavenly realities happening that are polar opposites to the facts a lot of us face. Those heavenly realities are available to us every day, but too many of us don’t even recognize those realities because we are so focused on the facts.
Or, if we do recognize those realities, we put a time frame on God and say, “I will walk by faith for (x) amount of days and if you don’t come though, I am dealing with the facts on my own terms.” I have been guilty of this too, and the outcome was filled with frustration, headache and defeat.
Jesus told us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
I don’t believe Jesus would have told us to pray for those things that are happening in heaven to come to earth if he didn’t believe God wasn’t going to keep His promise. Those heavenly realities are things like, peace, joy, freedom, life, healing, love, hope, forgiveness, restoration, new beginnings, wholeness, growth, adoption, justification, purity, strength, courage…and that is just a few!
So what do we do with the facts?
It is my experience, that when I am faced with facts, it is best to bring them to God and seek out what His solution is. He will guide you in the way that is best for you and your family.
So what facts are you letting undermine your faith?
I want to leave you with a quote from Kris Vallotton’s book Fashioned to Reign
We are called believers, therefore it is necessary to live by faith. If God wanted us to live by sight instead of faith, He would have called us factors not believers.
Until next time, be blessed!
Oh before I forget, this is totally random, I kept singing the theme song to the 1988 TV show The Facts Of Life while I wrote this post! I couldn’t help it!!