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CHRISTIAN FORESTERS DEVOTIONAL

“GROWING STRONG ROOTS”

May 1, 2010

          This is our first “devotional”.  It is meant to be an encouraging and thought provoking letter that will bless you and lead you in a deeper walk with Christ.    Please contact us and tell us what you think about this first effort.

 

A FORESTER’S THOUGHTS ABOUT FAITH

 

I had been sent to a forest fire in Northern Wyoming.  The 4-wheel drive road ended at a grassy meadow beneath a limestone cliff that was probably near 1,000 feet in height.  The fire, of course, was on top of that cliff and had covered over 300 acres by the time we arrived.  Sitting in the meadow was a small helicopter just big enough for two people, their fire fighting gear, and the pilot.  It was a very warm day with lots of sunshine and we were already at an elevation of around 7,000 feet.  The pilot had on a cowboy hat, western shirt and jeans and looked like he had just finished branding or some other ranch chore. All those things told me that it was going to be an interesting and perhaps difficult trip to the top of the cliff.  However, we paired up into teams and began the process of preparing for the helicopter ascent. 

          My buddy and I were the first team to go.  As we got into the chopper with our gear, the pilot said something like “We are probably close to our load limit” and with that increased rotor speed until we began to lift off.  Soon I could see that the pilot had flown in these parts before.  He moved in fairly close to the cliff wall and caught an updraft that helped us gain altitude.  Optimizing helicopter power and the updraft he took us to the top of the cliff to a point were we could get off safely and then started back down for another load.

          Later I realized that I had just exercised a great deal of faith.  Without any discussion, I got in a helicopter I had never flown in before, that was close to being overloaded, with a pilot I did not know, on a very warm day at a high elevation, to fly almost vertically to the top of a 1,000 foot cliff, to a point I had never seen.  If faith is defined as unquestioning belief and/or complete trust and confidence, I sure exercised it that day!  But, so did every man who went to the top of the cliff to fight the fire! 

          In fact, thousands of people around the world exercise similar faith when they get in an aircraft they have never flown in before, with a pilot and crew they do not know, to fly through weather that may be adverse and with a group of passengers who may or may not have any concern for safety!  Yet, many of those same people express disdain at the idea of having faith in God. 

          As Christians we are called on to exercise faith in God.  Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  In that same chapter there is a list of people who exercised such faith, believed God, and accomplished great things as a result.  They can be thought of as trail breakers or path finders.  They went before us and have shown us that faith in God is not foolish or abstract, but is, in fact, a way of living life. 

Believing God for the future and trusting Him for the outcome can become a marvelous way of experiencing life.  The eternal, all knowing, ever present Lord God sees the whole picture of your life and is willing to lead you in the way everlasting.  We start out on a new life journey when we ask Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and believe Him to be the resurrected Son of God.  With each small step of faith taken as we follow Him we gain increased confidence in His ways.  Later, we are prepared to ask for greater faith and can believe God for greater successes. 

To build our faith, we can take the following faith actions:

·      Learn more about God, His character, and how He deals with mankind by studying His Word, the Bible.

·      Look for specific examples of people who trusted Him and how He met their needs.

·      Pray about your own situation and ask Him to direct your steps forward and be involved in your situation.

·      Be sensitive to how He gives directions about the way you should go and the decisions you should make.

·      Believe that He will do what He has promised and that He will never leave you or forsake you.

·      Thank Him for answered prayers, guidance, and blessings.

Why not walk by faith today?  God promises in Ephesians 2:8-9 that he will give us as a gift the faith we need.  Remember, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6   

          God is waiting to bless you for your faith and to show you He wants you to know Him and experience Him every day of your life.

 

Every Day In God’s Forest is Better Than a Day In The Office,

Thoughts by Denny Lynch                

 

 

 

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