Copyright © 2011-2018 | Esther Joy Fajoye
Have you ever felt troubled, gone through rough patches and felt as if you lost so much from it? You may have lost your strength, your courage, your confidence, or maybe even your faith.
When Job was suffering, he had lost so much physically, financially and emotionally, however, he didn't lose his faith. After he suffered, God restored everything and gave him twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10).
God wants us to hold on to hope when we are troubled and He promises to restore double blessings to us (Zachariah 9:12).
God cares about what we go through. He keeps a record of our hurt, knows every sleepless night we've had and stores our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). He also avenges us and brings about justice when we cry out to Him (Luke 18:7).
For these double blessings to come, we have to maintain our faith. It's easier said than done, because it can sometimes feel as if we are hanging on a rope. It is difficult and we often feel like letting go. However, the moment we let go, we fall back. The firmer we hold on, the stronger we get. We don't have to rely on our own strength to maintain our faith, but with the strength of God, who we can put our hope in to enable us to endure through difficulties.
Faith is also coupled with hope: Hope that we can maintain our faith, hoping that God will never leave us, hoping in God to turn things around.
Matthew 9:29 says that blessings happen 'according to our faith.' Therefore our faith cannot sit dormant. It must be active and exercised daily so that we can see results.
'Faith comes by hearing the word of God' (Romans 10:17). The passage doesn't say faith comes 'when we hear,' but 'by hearing.' This means that we must hear the word of God frequently, not just the once, because hearing something once does not make
a huge impact. Each time we hear God's word, we learn new aspects and understanding so we can develop in various areas of
Just like a seed must be watered daily and exposed to radiance and sunlight in order to grow into a large and healthy plant.
Faith starts as small as a mustard seed and then it keeps growing (Matthew 17:20).
Our faith must be watered, nourished and fed daily with God's word in order for it to stay rooted in our hearts, so that we can
grow in strength and character.
Don't underestimate the power of our faith. It can move mountains, heal, bring restoration, breakthrough and make the impossible become possible. Have faith in God and trust Him to repair the broken pieces in our lives. He is an unbreakable God, His promises
are unbreakable and His love is unshakeable.
In due time, God will wipe away all of our tears so that we can see clearer and move forward. God's restoration and double blessings far outweigh our suffering and disappointments. When we get to that place, we won't want to look back. We won't remember them neither because we would be too busy rejoicing!