It is an ambitious thing to think I can write a blog which will adequately describe how to develop strong, unwavering faith in God. Some things in life cannot be simply explained or described. I will say that developing strong faith in God requires work. If it didn't, everyone would have it and there would be no reason to discuss it. It would just be.
Faith requires me to suspend belief only in what is real and tangible and can be proven and to take a step into believing things I cannot prove, but I just know. People exhibit faith in everyday life. Think about flying in an airplane. I don't understand how something so large and heavy can hurtle through the air at astonishing speeds and get a whole bunch of people from one place to another. I know there is science and engineering in it and that makes it work. I also know that there is NO 100% guarentee that it will work every single time I fly. I have faith that I will arrive safely, and the odds are good, but there is always a chance of an accident. That's faith exhibited in everyday life. It could also apply to driving or riding in a car, or many other things I do. Because I have tried it and experienced it successfully so many times, I have faith it will continue to do so.
Maybe that explains in a small way how my faith in God works and has worked for many many years. I have seen what He does over and over again. Take my nonprofit organization The Torch, for instance. We had no idea what the process was for getting a 501(c)3 classification from the Internal Revenue Service, and we had no money to hire someone to help us fill out the application. We prayed and worked on it one piece at a time. When we submitted our application, it was with the knowledge that we would very likely have to reconfigure much of it in order to be approved. We were cautioned to be patient and expect the process to take up to three years.
We were astounded and blessed when our application was approved in one month! We could not have made that happen ourselves. Then we started raising funds and, four months after we launched our website, we had $4,000. Our research led us to believe we would need about $25,000 altogether to purchase a used food truck. Sarah sent an email to a company she saw advertised on Craigslist.
We received an immediate response from Craig, one of the owners who said he felt like God had put us together and that they would like to meet with us to talk about building a food truck. We met with Craig and Roger, the other owner of the company not long after that. Roger was listening to us talk about what we wanted to do, while flipping through an ebook we wrote. All of a sudden, he stopped us from talking and said, "You know, last week I was praying and God told me I was going to build a food truck and give the food away for free. And now, here you girls sit. We are going to build this truck!" And two months later, an amazing man of faith donated the remaining $20,000 we needed to finish the truck! I might add we have been told several times that the value of a truck like ours (because it has a COMPLETE kitchen inside) is $70,000 - $80,000. But God made it happen for us for far less.
Those are just a few of the amazing ways God showed up and has grown my faith throughout the years. I don't always know 100% that He will do exactly what I am asking Him to do, but I do know 100% that He will do something. He has never let me down once.
It does take work, though. I have to pray diligently and remind myself often of the things He has done. I'm such an imperfect being that I often forget and let myself worry, but the good thing about God is His acceptance of me is unconditional, and He continues to hear my prayers and answer no matter what.
Living my life based on faith is not easy, but the amazing things I witness God doing over and over again make it all worthwhile.