Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Examples of faith
This past Sunday we had the joy of seeing four of the Nicaraguan youth that have been part of the ministry here head off to study at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Argentina. They will be there for three years studying the Bible and serving in various ministry areas. They desire to return to Nicaragua and continue serving God here hopefully as Word of Life missionaries, being part of our team, or serving in their local church. Of course God is in control of where He will lead them. Some of them may end up in other countries serving in other ways. Whatever the outcome may be we are super excited for them!!!
Their decision to study in the Bible Institute was not made hastily. Each one of them went through a process of prayer, seeking guidance from their authorities, families, etc., and raising the funds necessary to pay for the flight to Argentina and the classes at the Bible Institute. We saw God provide in an incredible way for each one of them!
As we were headed to the airport this past Sunday to see them off I couldn't help but be encouraged by their lives and their decisions. They are living by faith. It doesn't make a lot of sense to leave your family, your country, pay a great deal of money to study the Bible and all this without really knowing what lies ahead in the future for each one of them. In their decision making processes they confronted opposition, people who thought they were crazy, who thought they should be doing better things with their lives, but God made the way and they are walking by faith.
The following verses came to my mind:
Romans 4:20-25 NLV
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.