Keeping my faith hasn’t always been easy in my walk with God. I admit, it took a lot of and still requires having a backbone like a sawlog.
First of all, A sawlog is strong and durable, a log suitable for sawing and processing into lumber at a sawmill.
And in case you’re also wondering what it means to have a backbone, it simply means it’s a symbol of being strong, holding on and having courage.
It’s never been more important to “keep our faith” than it is right now. With so much suffering in this world at the moment, we have to keep our faith through all these difficult times.
I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worthy of mentioning again, a man of God told me once these simple, profound words staying with me since his passing.
KEEP THE FAITH
I pondered on those words, honestly. At the time, I just didn’t get it. I struggled many days with weak faith, simply because I found it hard to grasp “how” to have faith.
One day, a lightbulb came on, and I believe God helped me to understand how important that step was in my life.
Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. And I knew it. I struggled with the concept of “how.” Every time I tried to have faith, doubt clouded my vision. I was looking at the tangible things I could see, hear and feel.
I tried to believe God for things, but always there was the question in my mind, He can do it for other people, but He probably won’t do it for me. Remember that time you messed up?
I never realized that faith is just BELIEVING God can do something, no strings attached. With no conditions having to be met, except for hearing the Word of God.
In Mark 11:24 it says “when you pray BELIEVE you receive.” You must believe God answers your prayers when you pray.
I think I was leaning on my own understanding, instead of believing God would even want to do it for me.
I didn’t have much confidence in myself and didn’t feel God had much in me either. It’s been a slow process of healing this kind of thinking.
First of all, we have to believe we are LOVED by God. Unconditionally.
Faith hinges on His LOVE for us.
We believe that He IS. And He is a rewarder of those who diligently “seek” Him.
Not only that, a “good” father loves His children and ALWAYS wants the best for them.
Because of my grandfather’s upbringing, of not being told he was loved by his father, history repeated itself. We were shown love, because Dad was a good, respectable man, but never heard the words, “I love you” growing up. And a kid needs to hear it. Mom did. I’m thankful for that, at least.
Because of all this, I had a warped view that love had to be earned.
Love Doesn’t have to be Earned.
I’m so thankful Dad finally learned the importance of saying “I love you” after my Mom passed and continued until his death. He never meant to put scars on his children. But the enemy did.
Looking back now with tears in my eyes, a smile on my face and joy in my heart, I’m so so proud of my Dad! What great courage it took to break the cycle! And what a great legacy and future he left for his children and grandchildren. A legacy of love and faith! A perfect example of someone having a backbone like a sawlog!
Faith is the evidence and substance of things hoped for and things not seen.
If the devil can steal your faith, He has got you. Our entire walk with God hinges on our faith and our love of God. It’s the backbone that will “keep us” hanging in there until the Lord calls us home.
Sorry this whole post was long, but I will leave you with a prayer on my heart as a man named Reuben Robinson once prayed daily:
“O Lord, give me a backbone as big as a sawlog, and ribs like sleepers under the church floor. Put iron shoes on me and galvanized breeches, and hang a wagon- load of determination in the gable end of my soul. And help me to sign the contract to fight the devil as long as I have a vision, and bite him as long as I have a tooth, and then gum him till I die! Amen!”