Learning to trust

Yesterday in my devotional time I was reading through Hebrews 11, the hall of faith.  In Hebrews 11, the author lists out all of these people who trusted God against all odds.  God wittled Gideon's army down to 300 to go and face an army of 135,000.  God waited to grant Abraham a child when he was 100 years old.  God had Noah build a colossal boat on dry land without a drop of rain in sight.  God called Joshua and his troops to march around Jericho seven times to defeat the city.  

Why does God operate this way?  Well in each of these situations one thing is perfectly clear....God gets ALL the credit and ALL the glory. He truly loves to be our provider and to do the miraculous and even the dramatic.

For Whitney and I, we are learning more and more about depending on God lately as we walk through this adoption process.  We have decided to step out on this venture because we strongly believe that it is in God's heart to 'place the lonely in families' and to be a 'Father to the fatherless.'  One of the overwhleming aspects of adoption is the expense of it all.

I think in my mind I had projected certain ways that I assumed God would provide the money we need, but I feel that God is leading me to let go of those assumptions and to allow Him to work in His way and in His time through His people.  I am sensing that God is just telling us 'to walk by faith' and 'not by sight.'  He wants to be our provider.  He is aware of what we are doing and knows exactly what we need.  

I am reminded that God is so much bigger and wiser than me.  God is also not only working to produce a result but He is also working on conforming my character to look more and more like Jesus.  Trusting God in this season has gone to a new level for me and I have had to come face to face with insecurities and fears that I didn't realize were still there in such a strong way.  

So I challenge you today to take heart.  Whatever your situation may be....just know this...when our backs are against the wall and we feel there is no way out....that's right when God loves to dramatically step in and do what we thought was impossible.  To Him be the glory forever and ever!

in Christ,

Brian