Greg Skowronski, encourages us to remain committed to God's cause and whatever He plans to do when things don't go to plan.
My eyes filled with tears as I listened to microentrepreneurs and their business mentors share stories of life transformation. The past few months of business training and discipleship had produced income growth, genuine friendships and new followers of Jesus. I thanked God for all He had done. I had moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, for exactly this type of moment.
A few days later, my eyes again filled with tears as an entrepreneur asked for my advice. His family in Mozambique was hungry, but his business was slow, and he had no money to send to them. “What will you do?” I asked.
“I am trusting God,” he answered.
These experiences taught me that faith rests on two pillars:
1. Confidence in God’s ability to do the miraculous.
2. Unwavering commitment to God in whatever He chooses to do.
In the book of Daniel, we see how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego displayed these two faith pillars as they stood before King Nebuchadnezzar. Threatened with death, they still refused to worship an idol of gold and trusted God no matter the outcome.
“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up’” (Daniel 3:16-18, NIV).
At Habitat for Humanity, celebrating the completion of our 800,000th home gave us confidence in what God is doing through us. As we seek to serve the 1.6 billion people still in need of decent, affordable housing, we remain committed to God and His plans in whatever He chooses to do.
Heavenly Father, above all else, we place our trust in You. We pray for the ministry of Habitat, and we thank You for all You have provided for us and through us. As we work to demonstrate Your love to those in need of decent homes, we ask for You to miraculously multiply our efforts. During times of disappointment and setbacks, give us great faith to remain committed to You and Your purposes in all that we do. Amen.
1. What is the boldest thing you’ve done in your life based on your faith in God?
2. What have you done to maintain faith and trust in God when you faced great difficulty, disappointment or uncertainty?
3. What are you praying for that is so big only God can make it happen?
By Greg Skowronski, director of capital markets and financial systems for Habitat for Humanity International and is based in Atlanta.
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