Faith in the Face of Trial

— by Eliza M. Askins

Luther writes,

The great art and power of faith consist in seeing that which is not seen and in not seeing that which is nonetheless felt, aye, which oppresses and depresses a person; just as unbelief sees only what it feels and does not at all like to cling to that which it does not feel. [This was the selected reading for July 9, 2015 through the Pray Now app.]

Faith is given through the Holy Spirit. It is not something we choose or earn. God chooses us and at the font calls us by name. He makes us clean in these waters by Christ's sacrifice on Calvary. Our Heavenly Father promises to provide in His time and by His means. 

It is through faith alone that we can get through the oppressions and depressions of daily life. Faith is not a feeling. It is not a pulling up of our boot straps. Faith is seeing that despite the “for sale” sign still on the lawn, the garage and many closets still full of stuff, the paperwork still to be completed, the questions still unanswered, all will be done in His time. I cannot see how it will all resolve itself before we are to board a plane, but it will. And though I might feel oppressed and depressed by the looming tasks and weight of change, through faith I receive peace.