Looking forward with Faith

They say hindsight is 20/20.

I think it’s also more faith-filled.

It’s much easier to see and celebrate how God faithfully worked things out in the past than to joyfully anticipate how he will be resolving things in front of us.

It seems that no matter how many times we see God break through, the current circumstances can be impossible or overwhelming. Although I saw God come through beautifully in so many cases on the streets of Istanbul, it still often felt impossible or hopeless as I went out to share the good news.

It’s easy to tell roaring stories of evangelistic adventures from where I served for the last five years. It’s not so easy to look forward to how God will break through the difficulties of a new area with the same enthusiasm.

But should there be such a stark contrast in our views of the future and the past?

We grow in faith as we give glory to God and become more and more convinced that he’s mighty, with us, and working. And then we start to look ahead with the same glowing enthusiasm that we have as we hear or recount wonderful tales from the past.

Because we know that He is with us, and his faithfulness is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

“This is my story, this is my song, the theme of the stories, I’ve heard for so long God has been faithful, he will be again His loving compassion, it knows no end.”

“All I have need of his hand will provide He’s always been faithful to me.” (He’s always been faithful - Sara Groves)

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