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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 10, 2014 - Faith and Hot Water

By Randy Mantik

My mom raised me right and I learned to wash my hands on a regular basis. But often the water would be cold and I tended towards the "sprinkling" method — a little soap on the hands, a brief scrub, a quick rinse, and done.

But with the flu going around, I've learned to wait to let the water get hot and I try to scrub long enough to really get rid of germs. My new regime seems to have paid off, because I've had fewer colds and flu than ever. However, there is a downside — waiting for the hot water to arrive in the tap.

In our bathroom at home it takes only a few seconds to get the hot water, since the faucet is relatively close to the water heater. However, at church the water heater is apparently at an undisclosed location a few miles down the road. I stand and wait for minutes at a time for any warm water.

As I was undergoing one of those character-building waits at the church faucet the other day, I started thinking about the relationship between faith and reason. Scripture says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1, NIV).

Standing at the sink I have hope that, because I have turned on the hot water faucet, I will eventually receive hot water out of it. Not only am I hopeful, I am sure because I have found it to be true in the past. I am convinced that even though I don't feel it yet, the hot water will come.

The faucets at church are all the water-saver variety. They only flow for so long before you have to press the knob again to keep the water running. That is like where faith and reason meet. We learn the truths of God's Word and know they are good truths because God cannot lie. We take Him at His Word. But as we go through life's waiting seasons, we have to keep pressing down hard on that "knob of faith," knowing that eventually the flow will come and our faith will be rewarded!

In those times, we wish that God would give us some sort of feeling to keep us going. But very often we are left to obey when there's not one iota of feeling and there seems to be no earthly reason why we should obey other than we know it to be what God has asked of us. At those moments we face head-on the stark reality of trusting in God and not seeing the answer — yet. God does that so we will not depend on our feelings but on Him. Faith is not a feeling; it is a reality.

"This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4). Maybe you are waiting for an answer to prayer that seems to be taking an awfully long time to come. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).

God will respond to our faith. Maybe not always as quickly as we'd like or in the way that we'd like, but He will provide just what we need when we need it. God knows what He's doing. We can trust Him.

Keep praying according to what you know God's will is; keep pressing down on that knob and leave the results with Him. What will the result be? At times, an exact and immediate answer to prayer. But more often, a journey and a process where the water seems to run cold for a very long time.

However, when God has chosen to answer my prayers differently than I expected or seemingly not at all, I've learned there is hot water running full blast out of some other faucets where I can go to receive refreshing and hope. They're marked, "He hears me," "He loves me," and "He is always with me." And that's enough.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint Assembly of God in Portage, Wis.

 

 

 

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