The other week I went to a special viewing of the movie “Facing the Darkness.” It was a documentary produced by Samaritan’s Purse about the Ebola Crisis Outbreak in 2013/2014. It featured Dr. Brantly who was the first documented American to enter into the United States with this deadly disease. He was extremely close to death until a major breakthrough occurred. An experimental drug emerged that could possibly save his life. His only options were to do nothing and die at the expense of the disease or be given an experimental infusion drug only tested on animals.
I can’t imagine being in this situation, knowing you were going to possibly die in both situations. Dr. Brantly took a leap of faith and chose the latter, which ended up saving his life. He became the face of Ebola all over world. Dr. Brantly contracting Ebola showed the world, no one is excluded from this disease, it can happen to anyone.
His diagnosis was the catalyst for the Center for Disease Control pursuing a cure for a disease that spread and killed people at a very rapid rate. Because of the Dr. Brantly situation there is now a vaccine created for this virus.
At the end of the movie Dr. Brantly said something so profound. He said, “Faith is not something that makes you safe. My faith did not save me but got me through it. My Faith actually brought me to the Ebola crisis.”
Dr. Brantley’s situation asks deeper questions.
Is our faith enough to save us?
So many people in the Bible can ask the same question.
Did Daniel’s faith save him from being thrown in the lion’s den? No
Did Shadrack, Meschack, and Abendago’s faith save them from being thrown in the fiery furnace? No
Did the Israelites’ faith save them from being attacked by the Egyptians? No
Did Jesus’ faith prevent him from being crucified on the cross? No
You may be thinking, then what is the point in having faith if it doesn’t keep me safe?
These examples of faith did not PREVENT them from being put in scary, dangerous circumstances. Standing firm in their faith DID PROTECT them and allow for God’s greater plan to happen.
If Daniel didn’t have faith we would have never seen God’s power to shut the mouths of lions.
If Shadrack, Meshack and Abendago didn’t have faith we would had never seen God’s power protect them from being burned in the fiery furnace and how God was with them.
If the Israelites didn’t have faith we would have never seen God’s ability to part the Red Sea providing a way out from their enemies.
If Jesus refused to put his trust in His Father’s hands, we would have missed out on the greatest plan that ever existed—our eternal salvation.
Think about it. Each example of faith, including Dr. Brantly’s brought them to the heart of a crisis where their lives were at stake. Through each act of faith, we were able to see how trusting in God’s plan moves mountains and makes the impossible, possible.
How big is your faith?
Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Our faith allows God’s greater plan to play out. Our faith does not save us, but God’s grace does.
Ephesians 2:8-9. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Our faith will not SAVE us from our bad circumstances or GUARANTEE us a life without struggles. Our FAITH will not prevent us from being thrown into a pit of lions, a fiery furnace, being attacked by our enemies or contracting a deadly disease. Having faith does not exempt us from harsh realities of this world.
Our faith DOES allow God to be in control and puts the trust in HIS capabilities. Our faith is the very thing that will get us through to the other side and live in the abundant blessings God has to offer. It doesn’t matter what circumstances we are up against, when we have faith we become OVERCOMERS in Christ. Our faith allows us to experience PEACE in the storms and JOY in our struggles because of what God has already gone ahead of us and done.
Where will you allow your faith to take you?
Our faith may lead us into scary, dangerous places.
God’s grace and love are greater and bigger than anything in this world.
1 John 4:4 “ You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
How has having faith in God protected you in your hard circumstances?
All you need is to have faith the size of a mustard seed and you will see the mountains move.
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