Many whose lives are recorded in the pages of Scripture had profound faith.
They didn’t look just at the life around them, but they looked to the past and saw God at work, they rested in the present trusting His plan, and the hoped in the future confident of His promises. The situations they found themselves in were irrelevant because they walked in faithful obedience regardless of the pressures of life that pressed in around them.
Joseph went from favored son to slave to prisoner to the palace and in the end, he had this to say to his brothers, upon whom we could easily heap the blame:
19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50: 19-20 ESV)
His faith freed him to forgive, because he recognized God’s sovereignty. There might have been nights along the way when he lost hope momentarily, but in the end, he held no grudges and he trusted God implicitly. So much so, that he believed they were headed for a better land and since he would not live to see it, he at least wanted his bones in the promised land when the time came (400 years later).
25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” (Genesis 50:25 ESV)
Jumping ahead about a millennium, John’s faith also proves to be unbound by time or his life span. As he prophesied the coming of the eternal God in human form, he spoke with unbridled boldness about the coming power. He saw what human eyes could not see.
16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:16 ESV)
We too can see with our spiritual sight. God placed us as stewards of His great mysteries. Mysteries that the world needs to know, needs to hear. What is asked of us? To be faithful. Trusting in the dark, when he asks us to dream with Him, take a stand for him, and trust His mysteries even when they seem illogical.
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
(I Corinthians 4:1,2 ESV)
Lord God, loving Shepherd, thank you for leading when the way is dark, for never deserting us even when we are tempted. Hold my steps secure, planted solidly in confident faith. Thank you that we can always trust You to speak truth, act justly, and out love us. In Jesus name Amen.