When faith shows up

We have an awesome radio station – KSBJ – in Houston. Tune in to 89.3FM if you live in the area. You won’t regret it.

Every morning, KSBJ opens up the airwaves for good news of the day. Earlier this week a young woman called in to share her story.

She said that two years ago, while she was in college, she found out she was pregnant. The outlook was bleak. Her family was in an uproar, her relationship with her boyfriend was rocky, and she didn’t have any hope that the circumstances would improve.

But – this is the most important part – God redeemed the situation. Those were her exact words. When she lost all hope of a positive outcome, God met her and carried her through.

Today she has a beautiful daughter, she married her boyfriend, and God led her from hopelessness from hope-filled. She called to offer encouragement to other girls who might find themselves in a similar situation. God can do great works when we respond in faith.

I’ve recently been reading through the gospel of Mark. Written to the Christians in Rome, Mark’s account is a fast-paced retelling of Jesus’ life. Tucked away in the narrative are a few nuggets of faith in action.

The first is found in Mark 7, when a Greek woman finds Jesus in Tyre. She begs him to drive the demon out of her daughter.

Jesus doesn’t pull any punches: “’First let the children eat all they want,’ he told her, ‘for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs’.”

In essence, he’s telling her his priority is to teach his disciples without interruption.

The woman picks up on Jesus’ imagery in her response.

“’Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’”

She has so much faith in Jesus’ ability to heal that she knows even his leftovers will do. She acknowledges his authority and affirms her confidence in his life-giving power.

And because she believes, Jesus heals her daughter.

Now fast forward to the tenth chapter of Mark. Jesus and his disciples are leaving Jericho when they encounter a blind beggar sitting by the road. The beggar cries out, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many tell him to pipe down, but he gets louder. “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Because of the man’s persistence, Jesus pauses. He inquires what the man wants him to do.

“Rabbi, I want to see.”

And Jesus’ marvelous, miraculous reply?

Go, your faith has healed you.”

When faith shows up, so does God.

I’ll leave you with one final verse from Mark:

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. – Mark 12:24

Believing precedes answered prayer, sweet friends. May God grant you an ever-increasing measure of faith, so that his glory may be revealed in your lives.

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