What should I write about on the day Little Faith, Big God releases? Do I talk about the process of writing, what I learned, or about the book? For me, each of my book releases has gotten buried in the messiness of life. The truth is, life doesn’t stop for celebrations or sorrow.
In reading John 15-17, I was struck by how often Jesus spoke about joy. How could He talk of joy knowing that very night He would be betrayed and the next day be crucified? How can the “man of sorrows” be anointed with joy more than anyone else (Is. 53:3; Heb. 1:9)? Hebrews 12:2 provides an answer.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (NIV).
Jesus had an eternal perspective. He trusted His Father (1 Pet. 2:23) and chose to focus more on what His crucifixion would accomplish than on the sorrow and pain it required. Yet He didn’t deny the sorrow.
Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour” (Jn 12:17 NIV).
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (Heb. 5:7 NIV).
How could it say Jesus’ request was granted when He died a cruel death on the cross?
Once again Scripture points to an eternal perspective. The Father saved Jesus from death, not by delivering Him from passing through it, but by raising Him from it!The Father saved Jesus from death, not by delivering Him from passing through it, but by raising Him from it! #victory, #Jesus Click To Tweet
I pray hoping God will spare me from pain and loss. But often His answer is to bring me through a trial into a place of greater victory (James 1:2-4).
In the last month I prayed God would protect my sister’s heart when she had a terrible case of the flu. Because of her health history I feared she would have a heart attack. God brought her through the flu. The next week she had a heart attack.
Did God hear my prayer?
Did God hear my prayer? He didn’t prevent a heart attack. But He did spare her life, and she is on the mend.
I pray for my good friend and prayer partner to be healed of cancer. However, every scan says our prayers aren’t being heard. Yet, her faith remains vibrant. We end every prayer singing and laughing together. (Mostly laughing at our singing!) God is using her cancer as a megaphone to proclaim her hope in Jesus. Her well-being rests in God, not in a medical prognosis.
Friday morning, I woke up early to the sound of wind whipping the trees beside our window. I feared one would crash through my bedroom. I prayed for God’s protection and moved to the basement when my husband got up. About the time I settled down I felt a big thud jar the house. A tree landed on our house beside our bed. Thankfully, no one was injured. God protected our lives even though He allowed the tree to fall.
Before Christmas my beloved female standard poodle lost her appetite and ability to hold down food. Two vets said there was little they could do. Her liver was failing. We prayed, and she improved over Christmas. We celebrated her 7th birthday in January. This weekend she started failing fast. I don’t know what broke my heart more, to see my playful girl too weak to walk or to watch my family grieve. Monday, we lost her.
What does this have to do with the launch of Little Faith, Big God?
My recent trials remind me of why I wrote Little Faith, Big God and why I hope you’ll read it. You and I face faith-squashing challenges. That is why faith can’t be in faith itself. It must rest on the shoulders of our big God.
God is bigger than a human lifespan. That means some things won’t make sense from our limited perspective. We must remember that God is bigger than any trial or loss. As surely as the resurrection followed the cross, eternal joy waits on the other side of trouble and suffering.
Hebrews 11 highlights ordinary people who walked with God through failure, weakness, and disappointment into victory and faith. They reveal the practical benefits of faith and a Savior worthy of our trust. Let them show you how to live strong and finish well.
#Faith can’t be in faith itself. It must rest on the shoulders of our big God. #LittleFaithBigGod Click To Tweet
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance… Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Heb. 11:13, 16 NIV).