My Grace-Full Life

4.10.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: If Your Faith Were X-Ray’d

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Yesterday, I took my son to see his surgeon for his two week check up.
Since surgery, C’s arm has been wrapped in a splint that went from armpit to hand and he loathed it.
He wanted the splint off so badly.
On Saturday night, he threatened to take it off and I had an ever-so-slightly-panicked response to that idea.
(Translation: I had a complete screaming meltdown of epic proportions.)
The splint stayed on but C has grumbled about it nonstop.
Before the doctor came in, they took C back for another round of x-rays, and when the surgeon came in, he showed us the before and after.
The bones, held together now by plate and screws, are healing.
My son’s hopes were realized and the splint came off.
He’s now in a brace that makes him look part-cyborg.
But let’s talk about x-rays.
I know x-ray technology isn’t new, but it’s kind of fascinating to me.
It’s incredible that we can photograph the inside of the body to identify issues.
And it made me wonder what our spiritual lives might look like under an x-ray.
Would we see splintered faith and broken hope?
Or would we see a strong faith that is connected to optimistic hope in Christ?
Romans 8:25 tells us, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
The truth is, God knows the condition of our spiritual lives even better than we do.
He sees through the exterior to our very hearts.
And the faith we hold in our heart is far more truthful than words we may say.
Our fears and doubts may be shoved deep down, but God can see all of it.
But He gives us hope.
If we cling to the hope of things we can’t see or haven’t experienced yet, we can patiently wait with expectation because 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”
It is absolutely right and safe to put our hope in the promises of God.
He always comes through.
Today, as you pray, thank God for knowing you from the inside out.
Ask the Holy Spirit to make your faith and hope in God strong and healthy on the inside so that the truth of Jesus will reflect outwardly to others.

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