For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
In a recent time of doubt I found myself crying out to God; “Lord, I need your gift of faith!”
He answered with a picture.
In my mind’s eye I saw a package. It was neatly wrapped and had a bow on top, the type one makes from the ribbon that surrounds a box. The corners were crisp and smoothed. The paper was simple, yet beautiful. As I received it, I was peaceful, comfortable to open it slowly, for I knew what was held within. It was the gift of faith.
The joy of unwrapping complete, I felt strengthened. I gave thanks for that which I had been given, and rejoiced at what still lay in my hands. For in them rested a second box that looked the same as the first. As I gazed at it in wonder, I knew inside lay another, and another and still another, each ready to take its predecesor’s place. Ready to be opened when there came a need for their heavenly contents.
“Father, would you please hold these for me?” I asked as I entrusted my gift to His care. For there is no doubt I will someday call because I have faltered again. When I do, I know there is waiting, all of the faith I will need.
The Gift of Faith
Carefully wrapped by You Father.
Specifically designed to be.
The gift You had planned before there was time.
A package is waiting for me.
To receive it all I must do is cry out.
And lift up expectant hands.
For the beautiful gift you are holding,
Is faith to help me stand.
Faith to believe in Your Power.
Faith to believe in Your Might.
Faith to believe in Your Endless Love.
That You turn my darkness to light.
Faith not that You will do for me,
Just exactly what I request.
But assurance that You will do for me,
Precisely what is best.
When I am confused and don’t understand,
The purpose of Your will.
You help me to trust as I wait for You.
To rest in You and be still.
Lord, I humbly give You thanks
I bow my head and my knee.
For You do not leave me on my own.
You send faith to accompany me.
Questions to Ponder:Does it seem your trust in God has grown weak? Do you need more confidence to accomplish what He is calling you to do? Ask the Lord for more faith. Seek it in His Word. If you need yet more strength, ask Him again. God loves you. He has a gift for you.
Mathew 7:9-11 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask , and it shall be given you; seek , and ye shall find ; knock , and it shall be opened unto you.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.