The Faith Place

Faith Place

Have you ever heard of The Faith Place?  I hadn’t, until about 8 months ago when we did Pricilla Shirer’s Bible study on The Armor of God.

“The Faith Place is stepping into a situation or circumstance where you put yourself into a position for God to HAVE TO come through”.

So good, right?!?  Read it again and let it really sink in.

I want to live in the faith place.  I want to be bold enough to say “I’m really not sure how this is going to turn out but I know that no matter what happens, God will use it for his glory”.

When I was thinking through this, I was thinking about the MANY examples of men and women who lived in the faith place in the Bible.  One of the first ones that jumped out at me was Gideon.  Do you remember Gideon?  He was a self-proclaimed nobody.  God told him that he was going to save Israel from the Midianites and his reply was something along the lines of “What?!?  Me?!?  I’m from the weakest clan in Manasseh and on top of that, I’m the weakest of that clan!  I’m literally the weakest of the weak!”.  (Judges 6:15).

If you read down through chapter 7, we can see how God came through and not only did Gideon defeat the Midianites, he captured and killed two of their kings.  Gideon was hoping for a win but what he got was so much more.  When Gideon trusted God, everything worked out better than he ever could have imagined – with far fewer resources than he would have thought he needed.

We’ve probably all heard the story of Michelangelo carving the statue of David and when he was asked how he knew what take away, he just said “I get rid of anything that doesn’t look like David”.  (It’s a nice story, but through my research, it’s probably, just that, a story).  However, the point is excellent; as Christians, we need to get rid of anything that doesn’t look like Jesus.  However, in addition to getting rid of all the ugliness and sin, we also need to take a cue from Gideon and let God whittle away at everything that could possibly be construed as a victory for us.  

Gideon was in the faith place for sure. If he was going to win that battle with what little resources he had, God was definitely going to have to come through.  And boy, did He ever!

~Jess

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