Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

The Easy, the Difficult: Faith Does Them Both

Faith completes the easy, repetitive duties of life.  It also passes the very difficult, once-in-a-lifetime tests.

The Easy

Naaman the Syrian shows us how faith does the easy. He had a dreaded and embarrassing disease, leprosy. Fortunately the man of God Elisha told him how to be healed. Naaman simply had to dip himself into the Jordan River seven times. Easy! But the idea irritated Naaman at first, until his servants practically shamed him into complying with the prophet’s command.

They said, “…if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash'”!

Likewise we may be irritated by doing the simple repetitive duties of life. These duties are not glorious. Being daily kind, daily forgiving, daily responsible, daily unselfish, daily prayerful will not make us famous for being courageous.  But these duties are God’s will and will help to keep us spiritually clean. 

Psalm 119:1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless.

The Difficult

A rich ruler who is found in three of four Gospels is an example of how faith is needed to pass the once-in-a-lifetime tests.  Jesus told him to sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor. By the nature of the test, he could not do it seven times. It was a difficult, one-time challenge and Jesus admitted, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The rich man failed.  We learn from his example.

Every servant of the Lord is faced with some one-time decisions that challenge our faith. We choose to become followers of Jesus once (we pray). We usually choose a spouse only once, so we need to make a godly choice. We will all need to, for Jesus, give up something we love. It can be a difficult once-in-a-lifetime challenge. The rich man failed the test, but faith can pass the hard tests.

Luke 9:62 “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Oh, Lord, help us to be men and women of faith who perform our simple duties consistently and meet the hard challenges successfully.