I just can’t stop thinking about that verse. “So then faith comes from hearing…” Ro. 10:17
Do you know what else we hear? We hear our own thoughts in our heads. We talk to ourselves all the time. What are we saying? Not only that, but sometimes we allow the enemy to run thoughts through our minds that bring us down. What are we hearing?
“I’ll never be as smart as her.”
“Man, he really has it all together. Look how successful he is.”
“Her kids are so perfect. I feel like such a mess.”
“I never do anything right.”
“I can’t do this. It’s too hard.”
“God doesn’t hear my prayers. What’s the point?”
Pr. 22:17 tells us to incline our ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply our hearts to knowledge. We will find wisdom and knowledge in the Word of God. The truth, which are the words that counteract all of the thoughts above, is within God’s Word.
If faith comes from hearing, we need to be careful what we are saying to ourselves. We need to be hearing words of truth, of life, of wisdom. We need to put on our helmets of salvation, get out our swords (the Bible), and begin reading words that are living and powerful, that pierce even to the division of soul and spirit, and discern our thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 5:12)
In fact, we can trust that God’s Word will help us in our time of need because Is. 55: 11 says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Where we fail in cheering ourselves us, or convincing ourselves that things are ok, God prevails! Where we fail in pushing down thoughts of hopelessness, God’s hope achieves exactly that! God’s Word is truly a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. He sheds light on our darkest moments, situations, and thoughts.
Thank You, God, for Your faithfulness, and the hope we find within the refuge of Your name. Thank You for shielding and protecting us when we turn to You.
So, each day, when we notice any thoughts that threaten to drag us down or pull us away from God, we need to turn to the truth of God’s word, allow it to take them captive, and allow Him to give us discernment and breathe life and truth back into us.
We’ve got this! Because, with God, all things are possible. 😉