Activated - - NEWS - By Tina Kapp Tina Kapp is a dancer, pre­sen­ter, and free­lance writer in South Africa. She runs an en­ter­tain­ment com­pany that helps raise funds for char­ity and mis­sion­ary projects. This ar­ti­cle was adapted from a pod­cast on Just1Thing, 3 a Chris­tian charac

It’s se­cond na­ture for some peo­ple to have faith and show trust in God. They some­how see the good in dif­fi­cult peo­ple or try­ing sit­u­a­tions. To them, the glass is al­ways half full. You’ll of­ten hear them say things like, “God will sup­ply,” and, “Don’t worry, things will work out.” Upon meet­ing a per­son like this for the first time, you’d prob­a­bly think their life has been pretty peachy—with very few prob­lems and ev­ery­thing go­ing their way.

It might sur­prise you, though, to dis­cover that peo­ple with such ex­em­plary per­son­al­i­ties didn’t nec­es­sar­ily be­come faith-filled and pos­i­tive be­cause their lives floated along like a song. Many peo­ple have taken on this na­ture as a re­sult of fac­ing dif­fi­cult, try­ing, some­times heart­break­ing and painful cir­cum­stances, and choos­ing to wait to see how God would come through for them—even though it some­times took a while.

They may have fought bat­tles with their health or watched their chil­dren bat­tle an en­dur­ing sick­ness or lost a loved one. What­ever it was, th­ese faith-filled peo­ple came out strong, coura­geous, and com­pas­sion­ate. I take my hat off to them. They give life and mean­ing to the word faith and show me that no mat­ter how bad things get, God will be there to help me through; all I have to do is hold on to Him and to the faith I have re­ceived through His Word, which will keep doubts and dis­cour­age­ment away.

God prom­ises, “All things work to­gether for good to them that love God.” It took me a while to re­al­ize

1 that the verse doesn’t say, “All things are al­ways good” but that, “All things work to­gether for good.” To me, that means that even though bad things do hap­pen to all of us, God works them into the story of our lives to bring about good on our be­half,

whether now or in eternity. When I take this ap­proach, I also re­al­ize that we can’t thank Him for all the good in our lives and then blame Him for the bad things. It means we can trust Him through the bad and be ab­so­lutely con­fi­dent that He’ll make our dif­fi­cul­ties be­come some­thing good, or through them bring some­thing good into our lives.

The Bi­ble is so full of ex­am­ples of this prin­ci­ple, and I think it’s be­cause God wanted to get this point across.

King David is one of my fa­vorites. Imag­ine for a se­cond that your big ca­reer plan was to be a shep­herd, which from my vast knowl­edge of shep­herd­ing (and my vivid imag­i­na­tion) amounted to watch­ing sheep eat for hours, fight­ing off the odd lifethreat­en­ing beast, and fid­dling on your harp. Then sud­denly, you’re hit­ting the big time: you get anointed king; you kill a gi­ant in front of two armies, the king, and your big brothers; and you be­come best bud­dies with the heir to the throne. At that point, if David was all like, Yeah, God’s re­ally great, you’d know it was easy for him to say that.

How­ever, re­al­ity hit later on when he nearly lost the king­dom (a few times), had his own son be­tray him, and had to face God’s pun­ish­ments for some se­ri­ously bad choices. You know that when he praised God af­ter that, he was do­ing it from a place where he knew ex­actly what it meant to trust God through ups and downs.

I was read­ing where King David says to God, “You are great and do mar­velous deeds; you alone are God. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glo­rify your name for­ever. For great is your love to­ward me; you have de­liv­ered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.”

2 In that psalm he’s des­per­ately pray­ing yet again for God to de­liver him from his en­e­mies, but he also knows and is con­fi­dent in God’s pro­tec­tion and care, so that his faith is not shaken but is stronger than ever.

Faith is com­pared to gold in the Bi­ble. And like gold, faith has high value. Faith that weak­ens when it is tested would be like hav­ing a cur­rency with lit­tle or no value, which would be pretty use­less. But like gold, faith is pre­cious, rare, costly, and lasts a life­time.

In my own life, I can look back at sit­u­a­tions and events that weren’t easy to ex­pe­ri­ence, or that I def­i­nitely wouldn’t want to re­live, but I re­al­ize that if I hadn’t gone through the tough times, I would have missed some of the won­der­ful things that I gained along the way. Hav­ing this knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence has strength­ened my faith and given me the as­sur­ance that no mat­ter what emo­tional storms I go through, I know Je­sus is be­hind them, wait­ing to shine through and give me ex­actly what I need to move for­ward with grace and strength, ready to face what­ever else life throws at me.

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