Faith in who He is
September 11, 2017
Recently, a friend of mine and former resident at Big Oak Boys’ Ranch, came back to visit. As a teenager, he ended up leaving the Ranch early and when he did, his life began to spiral out of control. He fell into a life of substance abuse, living on the streets and trouble with the law. There were days he woke up in gutters and had no idea how he got there. He began to question everything throughout his time of bad decisions. He questioned his own self-worth and why a loving God would allow bad things to happen to His children.
However, God had built a foundation in him during his time at the Ranch and after many lessons-learned, he slowly but surely got his life back in order. As we sat in my office recently, he shared something with me that, little did I know, I would draw strength from many times. He said, “Although I don’t have all the answers, I have mine. Even though I don’t understand why God allows things to happen, I have seen what God can do in the life of a child who has been through what I have – how He can carry that child forward to do great things in His name. I have seen what He can do with faith.”
As we go through tough times, we don’t see the good and we certainly can’t understand why. This is when faith matters. If we understood everything, faith would be easy. But faith in God means we rely on Him and depend on His reliability...it means we realize that God is bigger than our understanding and we have faith in His direction. It means we have faith in who He is.
During a family ski trip in Montana, my wife, Kelli, and I were riding the ski lift and there were two mountains that almost looked like they would fall on top of one another at any moment. Kelli looked over at me and said, “Isn’t it amazing how big God is?” I was reminded that He truly is, that His plan is perfect. If He can hold the mountains in place, how much more will He lift His children up?
Let’s trust in the power of God...the very power that holds the mountains in place is the power that restores the broken. Let’s all press on in faith and He WILL take care of the rest.