We heard about the story of the ten lepers this past Sunday. And although all ten were healed, only one (a Samaritan) returned to Jesus and said, “Thank you.” The Bible says that leper threw himself at Jesus’ feet and praised God with a loud voice—a really loud voice! Boy, did he have a story to tell!
Pastor Adam called those kinds of stories “faith stories.” They are accounts of real-life events that occur when someone takes a step of faith and trusts the Lord with their particular situation.
Now, the key to a powerful faith story (one that is worthy to be told with a loud voice) is the willingness to trust God BEFORE He does His miracle. Like a child that has such confidence in their earthly father that they will jump off a rock into his arms, we too must trust our heavenly Father and take a leap of faith.
Sunday, we were reminded that Noah built the ark before there was rain. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son despite the fact that God promised to make him the father of many nations.
The Israelites were called to cross the Jordan River while it was still flowing at flood stage. And a few chapters later, they marched around Jericho by faith, waiting for God to show up. And He sure did show up, knocking those thick walls down flat!
The prophet Elijah was led to a creek that was all dried up and yet soon thereafter the ravens provided him plenty of food. And although David was anointed king as a 15-year-old boy, he didn’t get to wear the crown in Jerusalem until 22 years later.
All those faith stories have one major thing in common. Each of the characters in the story were living by faith. They were willing to rely on God’s promises and wait. And in some cases, they waited a long time.
You may find yourself stuck in a situation this week that needs a miracle. Maybe not a part-the-waters kind of miracle, but a real one nonetheless. Perhaps you are as miserable as those lepers had to be. Perhaps you have prayed and prayed. And you have waited and waited. It may be time to tie a proverbial knot at the end of your rope and hang on a bit more.
But on the authority of the scriptures, I am confident that God is not finished with you yet. In His providential care, I am sure that He still does miracles. He still restores marriages and returns children. He still heals the sick and comforts the dying. He still grants miracles to those who trust in Him.
And regardless of how He meets our needs, when we wait and trust, we too will have an incredible faith story to tell. And we can do it in a very loud voice!
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.