Name a time you struggled with your faith and why. 

Hill Country News Faith Roundtable 2016-02-18

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By Chuck Robison

The concept of Faith Struggles is almost universal. From the plots of many of the Bible stories to the scripts of this season’s great movies, Faith is usually implied and often stated.

Based on what I have learned on this spiritual journey; faith is a minute-by-minute issue. For me, it frequently goes like this: I know what I want or need for myself or others and I ask God for it. I also tell God truthfully that I am willing to do as He directs me. And my prayer includes one caveat: “Please God, tell me what you want me to do in a way that I can not possibly misunderstand.”

And then I wait. I know that God works on His own time system and I am willing to wait, up until a certain point. Then I want answers. This is the moment of struggle for me. Faith says ‘God knows best’ and my desires will be addressed.’ But my time clock says this must happen now and I frequently act on my own advice rather than wait on God’s promised answers.

Usually nothing really bad happens and I go about my life, but I cannot be certain that the outcome would have been better if I had waited in faith for God’s direction.

For me the test and the message is that God is in control and it is a risk to play God with my own life or the lives of others. The other part of the risk is that God’s plan and His promises are far more powerful than I can imagine and by trying to play God, I automatically take myself out of the plans God has for me.

I am much happier when God prevails in my life.

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