“‘You are My witnesses,’ says the LORD….”
Isaiah 43:10, NKJV
We can be a witness of God’s healing power or staying power; of God’s ability to bring victory in battle, or endurance in battle; of God’s answers to prayer, or of His presence in the midst of silence.
God calls us to walk by faith, yet we seem to always drag Him into our physical world. When we are healed, we testify of God’s goodness. When we have victory, we share our joy with everyone. When the prodigal returns home, we proclaim God’s faithfulness to answer prayer. But where are the accolades when we are not, when we do not and when it does not?
Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” If we are always healed, always find victory, and always get answers to prayer, then where is our faith? God describes the real heroes of faith as those: “…faithful ones died without receiving what God had promised them, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed the promises of God…That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God…” (Hebrews 11:13-16)
In the absence of health, in the trenches of battle and in the loneliness of a quiet prayer closet a faith emerges with the audacity to declare the goodness of God, when circumstances do not. And the faithful witness knows the reward of feeling God’s pleasure.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
QUESTION: List at least three things you have learned about God that have comforted you during the trials of your life.