Day 6, Have we put our faith in people who’ve put their faith in things?

Tonight I sit looking up, thinking about how paradoxically clarifying it is to live in the midst of an impossible situation, a real tidal wave and a tiny beach. The last few days have become one long day. Their beginnings and endings have softened from the intense heat of our circumstance and then cooled in God’s presence to reform seamlessly into this one long day of waiting, watching…

This new week brings us squarely into a collision that counts a little less than a life or death scenario, but more than enough to garner a full-faced grimace from your average daredevil. The last bulb is burning out and we’re a mile inside the cave. There are no bread crumbs or Braille maps, only the hope that a final tap on the glass might offer a momentary flicker for a momentary smile.

The climate is unfriendly for most, but most unfriendly to those who offer dramatically warm words on top of distant and dead deeds. To the traveler, beaten and robbed, “Let me know what I can do” says the false Samaritan as he passes by. “Just let me know, but if you do, I’m sure God will be watching over you. And rest assured that if He can’t, then most certainly how would I (help you)?

Yes, this ignorant perspective is painful, more so than the wilderness itself. God I’m learning again!

It is far less painful to be beaten within an inch of my life than to be asked what I did to provoke it. It is far less painful to be robbed of every material thing than to be asked by a passing fool “don’t you have work to do?” And it is far less painful to be left for dead by one who cares not, than offered a loaf of bread on a chain, from a loved one who critiques every bite.

Stock piling is vinegar to our children’s teeth and a language that gives no voice to love. If love is all that remains then it’s the only thing worth stockpiling; but love is nothing if not given away. If a man stockpiles paper in his home he’s diagnosed as a hoarder but if that paper is green and locked in a vault he’s celebrated, worshiped and cheered. He should pray the echoes of those cheers will drown the sound of overlooked needs that will forever ring in his ears.

If you feel this same hurt, it’s because you’ve put your faith in people who’ve put their faith in things. It’s time to stop!

Prayer of struggle

God forgive us for this!. We understand now and we repent. What we could’ve done for others has now become our need. Father let us never forget this moment or the sharpness of this pain, so we will act like the Jesus who learned obedience through suffering, who stockpiled nothing but the presence of God. He gave away His future for us and was separated from you. He became poor that we might become rich. He bore our sickness and came to give us life and life more abundantly. We’ve taken that abundance and stockpiled it away in the name of eating it someday. Lord help us to learn your kind of obedience through this suffering and never withhold out of fear. Help us to give like Jesus. Thank you Father for opening our eyes through your love that prunes and prepares us for bearing more fruit. In Jesus name, Amen

The scripture on my heart today is the parable of the Good Samaritan. Let’s take a look and mediate on it.

Luke 10: 25-37

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Today its all been on a personal note.

And I have to admit that letting others into my personal prayer time is difficult. I place my self at risk of be called a complainer or ungrateful. I place myself at risk for making people uncomfortable as if my posts were soliciting something. Please pray for me as I continue in spite of these concerns. And do pray for the needs I’ve opened up about – they are real!

My only aim is to be honest and to encourage anyone out there who is suffering to remain faithful until God brings them deliverance. I open up about my need so others will see that God is faithful and He will deliver if we trust Him for it. When God delivers and people fail – it will be known! He will gain glory.

The perspective of the spiritually blind is FAR DIFFERENT that we think, and we must make a choice to either hate them for the lack of love, or love them in spite of it. Jesus chose to love at all costs. As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord! And right now, that means we must learn to love others like we need to be loved, (right now). We can certainly love more abundnatly and at a higher cost than in the past, even toward those who have turned away from us to focus on themself.

The problem began with my own spritual blindness and now my discipline is experiencing the pain in the blindness of others. We will dig into what spiritual blindness is and why it’s different than we think, in the next post. It’s all part of waking up our faith for the purpose of loving God and others.

If you need encouragement, prayers or anything I can lay my hands on please contact me.
Blessings!
Kevin
Wakeupmyfaith@att.net

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About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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15 Responses to Day 6, Have we put our faith in people who’ve put their faith in things?

  1. Great site, good stuff. Looking forward to reading more.

  2. Laura says:

    I will echo what I have said before. Thank you for writing with transparency. It shows people that you are real – with real pain, hurts, emotions, etc. It also shows people that through it all, you realize that God IS a God of love. And, though you may not see it now, He WILL rescue you. He cares about you, and your individual situation. There is not a speck of sand He doesn’t know about – not a hair on your head that isn’t numbered. Though it is sometimes hard to visualize, He is a God who cares. Funny thing is, I write that to you specifically – to any reader who may be encouraged by it – and directly to myself as well. We all need to keep these things in mind! Have a blessed day my friend.

  3. Tyler says:

    Today’s message hit home. Dad you’re a gifted encourager and the way you write is amazing. The great thing is I can see you writing this leaving no detail forgotten no thought left unsaid. Things of this world do not last and you of course know this. There will come a day I believe VERY soon when our lord and savior Jesus Christ will come riding on a bright shining magnificent spectacle and he will wipe away all the hurt all the pain and money how much you do or don’t have will no longer matter. Don’t give up the fight. The devil is trying sooo hard to disway and turn you away from God by showing you worldly things. But he knows he’s not going to win this fight. Stay Strong do not give up hope. I’m praying for you and I love you so much.

  4. Sam Peebles says:

    Sometimes, we see a need and we act, sometimes we see a need and let others act, other times we see a need and ignore it, lastly we do not even see it for we are to worried about self to notice others. We must never forget, we are all here to love each other, and to help bear each others burdens. The good Samaritan knew that, he saw a need and acted. Others passed, for they had religious things to do and forgot that true religion is to love others more than ourselves. I pray that each of us as we mature in Christ will allow Him to lead us to see with His eyes the needs of our brothers and sisters so they will not be lost or snagged by the evil one.
    There are many folks out there who are blind as Kevin has mentioned, they can not see the true needs of others for they know not there own needs to get the focus off self and put it onto the Lord. I know that I will sometimes talk to those I love more harshly than acquaintances, for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I loose focus of their importance to me and to God and focus on myself. So I think we can all suffer from different types of blindness, the first step is to see, pardon the pun, with God’s eyes all around us. We are each important to God, but we can never focus on self, it only leads us away from God, and causes us to miss what we truly need to see. Many will never realize they need to change, others will struggle and God will win the Victory for them. I know I must continue to let God seek out that within me that needs to be softned so I can love others with His LOVE.
    Tyler it is truly a blessing to see you here and to know you are praying for your dad at this time, Praise God!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jamie Reeder says:

    There are times when we don’t know the depth of a need or personal struggle until we’ve lived through it. People who haven’t been in your shoes can’t quite minister to you. They have well meaning intentions, but unwittingly they say or do things that hurt. And they judge, and misjudge. Although they love us, they pity us and maybe even feel guilty that they have and we don’t. And when we are surrounded by people who haven’t walked in our shoes, we feel all the more isolated and alone. It is so comforting to me when I can share my heart with someone who has been in my shoes. Their advice means more because they have come through the fire and lived to tell about it. It didn’t destroy their faith, and they didn’t go crazy either. And so I am strengthened one more time to think that I can walk that same road and come out on the other side intact as well.

    I think when we go through tough times in our lives, it does soften us and makes us more able to recognize and reach others who are going through the same things that we are or have been going through. We can understand because we’ve BEEN there! We know something of their pain because we have LIVED it.

    And Praise God, someone else may not have to endure the degree of hurt we’ve endured, because we were there for them. They can have hope because we can reach out to them from the other side of that struggle–from the other side of the bridge– and say, “Yes, you can! With God’s help I made it, and so can you!” And I have to say, its a great feeling when I can speak to someone who has struggled with something similar to where I’ve been, and be able to extend that hand and offer that asurance. That’s a blessing straight from God, in fact.

    Makes me wonder if that’s why Jesus came to this earth and lived as He did. He knew what it was like to be poor, to struggle for financial survival, to have people look down on your because you weren’t affluent or established with a wife and kids and because you hung out with the dregs of society. And because He lived that life, He was able to minister to those around him as genuine and real; not as an arrogant Pharisee who had never struggled a day in his life.

    Kevin, know that your struggles will turn out to be for His glory. This experience is teaching you lessons that will help others and strengthen you. One day soon, I hope you will be able to extend that helping hand of faith to someone else from the other side of the bridge and say with a confident smile, “He brought me through this, He wil bring you through as well. You can do it!”

    Hang in there!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Jamie once again for your insight and encouragement! I think am at the place where i hurt for those that i have neglected by accident and look forward not as much to being through the valley so i feel better, but more to be able to reach out radically to others – sincerely. God is still at work though 🙂 Thanks so much i deeply appreciate your thoughts. Blessings!

  6. Jeannette says:

    Kevin,
    Your writings and transparency touched my heart and brought me to reflection on how I treat those going through trials. Our family has gone through some dire financial challenges in the past and it was not an easy place to be. I look forward in walking with you and your family during your journey of faith.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hi Jeannette,
      Thank you so very much for sharing that- it encourages us very much! The fire definitely cleanses our perspectives and it sounds like you know first hand. Bless you and thanks again! I look forward to hearing more from you 🙂 I wll add you to my prayer list!

      Kevin

  7. territiffany says:

    Kevin,
    I’ve read a few of your posts and oh–I don’t know where to begin. First let me say that I truly understand all that you are going through. My husband lost his job August 29, 2007. The road has not been pretty since then. Our faith has been tested but I can say with all confidence today that even though we are traveling a road we never wanted to, Jesus is who I count on to show me the way. In January, at age 55, my husband started back to college to learn a new profession since his is gone. Not what he wants to do–don’t want to be further in debt but our choices our limited. I do feel the worst hurt we’ve gone through is those around us who don’t understand the pain we feel at losing almost everything we have and even hope–which I am happy to say shows its face now and then again:)
    It is easy to let bitterness consume–been there with that one–what a process and then we realize that those feelings are hurting only us. I know that God is in control and has a better plan for us. I pray each day he reveals more of it. Until then, like you, we trust and trust. Blessings and know that your family and you will be prayed for by me.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Terri your words have real weight as you have been through the fire and still feel the heat. It truly is an honor to share a place with people like you who have lost years of hard work and gained decades of faith. It is hard but its worth it. I will be praying for you as well – and thank you for taking the time to comment. Please stay in touch as we progress, share your thoughts and we’ll watch His glory be revealed in both our journeys – Bless you my friend!

  8. david amador says:

    thanks for your friendship, your words of encouragement, your prayers and bringing the word of our lord to me while seeking his help. i pray for you each day that our supreme being will lead you to the promised land you are seeking. please pray to our lord and ask him to grant me favor to bring resolution to the promised land we are currently seeking.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you David for your encouragement and being a man of integrity. I value our friendship very much. It means alot that you have taken time to share your thoughts. I will continue to pray for you. God most certainly is at work in your life. Bless you brother!

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