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  • WHY FAITH IS SO HARD

    Posted in: Devotional,Politics by carlen on October 29, 2009

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    Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”


    The debate continues to rage even as the President honored more war dead returning from the country of Afghanistan last night.  For months, the General in charge there has made known that if we want to succeed in Afghanistan, we’re going to need a lot more troops to do it.  The administration has been pondering the move and trying to determine if we should commit more U.S. servicemen and women to a war that has just seen October become the deadliest month since the eight-year war began.  Many accuse the President and his administration of taking too long to come to a decision on this matter.

    This argument about how fast the decision should be made or how thoughtful and how much time we should take to make this decision is an age-old leadership issue.  I talk endlessly with my cadets at school about the leadership traits of “judgment” and “decisiveness.”  One term speaks to the quality of the decision and the other speaks to the speed with which the decision is made.  I ask my cadets, which one is more important?  If they learn nothing else during their tour in the ROTC program, they learn that the answer to this question is always, “it depends.”

    For the current administration and for us personally, we would do well to understand that regardless of how long it takes us to make a decision, there will always be things we don’t know.  That’s why at some point, our friend, “faith” enters the picture.  I’m not necessarily talking about faith in Jesus Christ, but I am talking about the biblical definition of the word.  That definition presupposes that there are some things that you can’t see or know and so you simply hope for them.  That’s why we sometimes wait too long when making decisions thinking that we soon will know everything.

    Today, don’t wait for more information about what Jesus wants from you.  He simply wants to use you to bring glory to Himself.  Any decision you make with that in mind and with that as your goal will ultimately be a good one.

    Faith for Christians should be easy.  We don’t need to know it all, have it all or see it all, we simply need to trust God with the end, but  I guess that’s what makes faith so hard.

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    3 Comments »

    1. Great reminder.

      Comment by Shawn Link — October 29, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    2. The problem is it has already been 2 months since the CG requested more troops, and you see headlines like ‘president spends more time playing golf in 9 months than Bush spent in over 3 years’. I believe you should take time to make the decision, but is that time well spent playing golf and holding lavish parties at the White House while troops are sacrificing their lives on a daily basis? This kind of sends the wrong message and explains why troop morale is at an all time low.

      Comment by Ron — October 29, 2009 @ 9:30 am

    3. “Troops” have a lot more things impacting there morale than which President played the most golf, and had the most lavish party while they are trying to stay alive to see another day. Sounds like a personal problem more than an expalnation of why morale is so low. Sounds like a “hater” throwing a low blow. Which nothing is wrong with that. We are told to Love our Enemies, it didn’t say you had to Love Your Presdident. So just let the “hate” justify itself. Don’t politicize a great game like golf, or the service of our “troops”

      Comment by Ken — November 16, 2009 @ 12:00 am

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