Sunday Faith Blog

FROM THE AMAZING DEVOTIONAL, STREAMS IN THE DESERT and so appropriate after many of us aired our concerns for our country the last few days;

Faith Grows Amid Storms   July 12

But he knows the pathway that I take; if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.—Job 23:10 NET

Faith grows amid storms—just four words, but oh, how full of import to the soul who has been in the storms!

Faith is that God-given faculty which, when exercised, brings the unseen into plain view, and by which the impossible things are made possible. It deals with supernaturals.

But it “grows amid storms”; that is, where there are disturbances in the spiritual atmosphere. Storms are caused by the conflicts of elements; and the storms of the spiritual world are conflicts with hostile elements.

In such an atmosphere faith finds its most productive soil; in such an element it comes more quickly to full fruition.

The staunchest tree is not found in the shelter of the forest, but out in the open where the winds from every quarter beat upon it, and bend and twist it until it becomes a giant in stature this is the tree which the mechanic wants his tools made of, and the wagon-maker seeks.

So in the spiritual world, when you see a giant, remember the road you must travel to come up to his side is not along the sunny lane where wild flowers ever bloom; but a steep, rocky, narrow pathway where the blasts of hell will almost blow you off your feet; where the sharp rocks cut the flesh, where the projecting thorns scratch the brow, and the venomous beasts hiss on every side.

It is a pathway of sorrow and joy, of suffering and healing balm, of tears and smiles, of trials and victories, of conflicts and triumphs, of hardships and perils and buffetings, of persecutions and misunderstandings, of troubles and distress; through all of which we are made more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

“Amid storms.” Right in the midst where it is fiercest. You may shrink back from the ordeal of a fierce storm of trial…but go in! God is there to meet you in the center of all your trials, and to whisper His secrets which will make you come forth with a shining face and an indomitable faith that all the demons of hell shall never afterwards cause to waver. —E. A. Kilbourne

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12 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. Well, that would be my yesterday, and today?
    I feel battered. 🙂

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  2. Sparky says:

    Good lesson Z. I need to remember that our LORD Jesus was in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He will be and is certainly in the furnace (troubles/storms) with me. He’s there with all of us who trust in Him. [Book of Daniel] Thank you for that reminder. God bless. ❤


  3. geeez2014 says:

    ED…what’s up? You ok? I hope your radio show went fine…

    Sparky, Thanks, glad you were moved by this…………we can ALL use a shot in the arm, can’t we!!!
    (thanks for spelling Abednego correctly …not often done:)
    I felt it strange that this happened to be the daily devotion for TODAY, just when we’d all been feeling so at the end of our road with worry on my blog a day ago…..He always knows what we need 🙂 God bless you, too!……….


  4. kidme37 says:

    If I read this right, it is what I said yesterday. We have no control over the storm but we do have control over how we react to it.


  5. MAL says:

    “Faith grows amid storms”. Can’t that also be known as “dreaming”? What is faith but a desire for reassurance during dire and stressful times?
    Each night I go to bed and think positive thoughts so I can get 8 hours of good, restful sleep and it seldom fails to work for me. Programming your mind by keeping out all the negativity is essential to making it work. Worrying isn’t going to change the outcome. Actions and decisions will.

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  6. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, yes, but this Devotional stresses that it’s not WE who control what’s going on, or even our reactions, but God, who through faith in Him, gets us through….Relying (having faith in) on Him is what this piece stresses, don’t you think? Reacting with fear or concern is normal! We can rely on ourselves for solace or we can turn to our faith, which God says grows in the harder times. We sure don’t usually run to God in great times too much, do we 🙂
    I wish our young people had more of that…what a difference I see in my high schoolers who do and don’t believe in Christian faith…

    Mal, I hope not….As huge a doubter as I can be, I don’t look at faith as dreaming…
    I think faith is more than a desire for anything. But I ABSOLUTELY get your point.
    As far as worrying, The Bible actually warns against it quite a bit…One chapter in Matthew just plain out says DO NOT WORRY.
    Philippians says DO NOT BE ANXIOUS Isaiah says HAVE NO FEAR…for I AM WITH YOU……

    The specific passage is Philippians 4:6-7 (New International Version), which states: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    it works so well.


  7. MAL says:

    OH! I’m not questioning faith, Z. In rereading my post I can see it being taken that way, but its not what I meant. Your quote from Philippians basically tells you to do the same thing, doesn’t it? “Do not be anxious about anything”, i.e. relax?

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  8. geeez2014 says:

    We have 18 sailors injured in a bad fire in San Diego, on a naval ship. The pictures remind me of a mini Pearl Harbor.

    I sincerely hope not.


  9. “Relying (having faith in) on Him is what this piece stresses, ”
    Letting God work through us is a central but often neglected tenet of Christianity.
    Having faith that he will work it out builds our patience/perseverance according to James.
    I just want it magically.
    I emailed you about yesterday, and it was mostly about the show. A technical disaster. I may blog it.
    But on the flip side, and I think I mentioned it in the second half, maybe God wanted something else said other that what I had planned. Well, I thought I had listened to Him 🙂
    That’s a good Philippians reference.

    Been praying for those sailors.


  10. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, EXCELLENT remarks about faith, thank you so much. Yes..FAITH IN HIM.

    We should ALL be praying for those sailors…I hear none is hurt TOO badly, but….how awful.
    Eager to hear the cause, hoping it wasn’t an attack of some kind.


  11. It seems it was a welding accident.


  12. Baysider says:

    Ain’t that the truth.


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