In Luke 14, verses 34 and 35, Jesus tells us, “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
I wanted to use this verse tonight because I occasionally feel like flavorless salt. Sometimes my faith feels lacking, and I feel rudderless and misdirected. In the past I have panicked or felt hopeless when I feel this mood creeping up on me.
However, I know now that I can pray for Jesus to renew and restore my faith whenever I feel that it is lacking. I don’t have to spiral down into a ‘woe is me’ mood because I feel my faith is in short supply.
Usually this mood happens to me when I don’t understand the direction that God and Christ are moving me in in my life. When their urgings don’t make sense to me, and life as I know it seems to be changing too fast for me to be comfortable with, I can get into a state where I feel low on faith.
However, I just have to remember all the times that God’s plans worked out really well for me in the end, even though I didn’t understand them in the interim, to know that things are going to be okay. The key for me is that I almost never understand the direction God is pushing me in at the moment.
I have to submit to the spiritual direction of God and Christ at the moment, and I know eventually I will see the wisdom in their plan. If I try to figure out the ‘why’ of things in the immediate present, I can really injure my faith by trying to apply logic and reason to things that I don’t understand. But if I just trust in God and Jesus at the moment, and walk through the uncertainty, I know that at the end of it my faith will be completely renewed.
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