Written by Haley Felix, Youth & Children Apprentice

What would it be like to have an unwavering, unshakable, deeply rooted faith? The kind of relationship with Christ that is rare to find, but a beauty to see. Several months ago, my friend Caileb was telling me how stressed he was about his next semester of classes. He piled on things a bit too high and knew he couldn’t handle all the work. He began to freak out more and more as he continued talking about it and then, all of the sudden, he stopped and smiled. He said, “The Lord knows what he is doing and he will lead me in the right direction.” I have never seen such confidence in one sentence.

This unwavering faith some people have (probably some of you reading this) is what I want so desperately in my life. In Philippians 4, Paul writes one of the most well known verses in the Bible; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” However, what I want to focus on specifically are the words that lead up to this verse. Paul writes, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Paul was able to find unwavering faith and peace with Christ. The Lord never asks us to be happy with all life throws our way. He may tell us to find joy in troubled times, meaning seek out the good things that may come out of bad situations. He also tells us to thank Christ for the difficult times, meaning be thankful for the growth that may come out of trusting Christ through tough situations. The Lord does not ask us to be happy about the tough things that are thrown our way, but rather asks us to be content. Be content in knowing he has you in the palm of his hand. The Lord will provide and protect you. You do not need to be anxious or worrisome because He knows what he is doing.

I know from experience that people often think they have a strong, unwavering faith; but then something will come crashing in, destroying their whole world and taking their faith with it. I encourage you to take Paul’s words and actions and really think about your faith. Christ wants you to have stability in your faith just as much as you. I grow in my faith day by day and eventually hope to be at that point where I can smile, just like Caileb, saying, “It’ll be fine, I’ve got Jesus through every hurdle.” And while I know the journey is not going to be easy, at least I can say with confidence, I’m not doing this alone.

NOTE: This will be the last devotional written by our 2016 Interns & Apprentices. I am so appreciative for their work and their beautiful words of encouragement and faith. If you would like to send them an email note of thanks, click on their names here: Allyson Cain , Madison Huffer , Haley Felix . - Blessings, Micah

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