I have been lazy this week. I sleep in as late as I want. When I do wake up I just lay in bed for awhile thinking about what I may or may not do that day. Sometimes, for a very brief second, I feel guilty about it. Then I quickly remember that in a couple weeks I return to reality where the days of sleeping in are just a dream.
This morning as I was laying in bed I was thinking how nice it would be if we could bank extra hours of sleep. Then on those exhausting days following sleepless nights we could simply withdraw a few hours from our sleep bank. I know my friend with two kids under thirty months is probably nodding her head yes and saying Amen! (or more likely she is nodding off to sleep during a midnight feeding :).
Think about it. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend the rainy, snowy, and cold days in bed banking hours of sleep so on the fun, summer days you could just go go go? Wouldn’t it be nice to not feel stressed out on the long work days knowing you have a couple hours in the bank you can draw from? I think it would be a life changer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. (insert sigh)
Thinking along those lines, wouldn’t it be nice if you could store up faith in your own personal faith bank? Then on the days when you are feeling discouraged or uncertain you could simply withdraw some extra faith to get you through? Never again would you be tossed about by life, questioning whether God truly sees your situation and has a plan to see you through. Unfortunately, just like the sleep bank there is no Faith of America faith bank.
Or is there?
Every minute we spend in God’s Word and in prayer builds up our faith bank. Every time we journal what God has done for us, so we can be reminded of His faithfulness, we are depositing faith into our faith bank. Every time we share our testimony with others and they share theirs, we are depositing faith.
We all have days were we feel spiritually empty. Days when we feel abandoned and forgotten. Days when we second guess the words we once believe God spoke to our hearts. On those days, we need our faith banks. We need to take some time to sit still and bring to remembrance all we have learned about the goodness of God, and all that He has already done for us thus far.
We often feel too busy to spend time in the Bible and in prayer. That seems like a selfish part of our day. A part we can only indulge in when our obligatory to-do list is done. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Spending time with the Lord will not only bring wisdom and encouragement for that day, it will build up your faith bank. Lord knows we all need one!
But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34 Amplified
When Jesus says “all these things”, He is talking about our basic day to day needs. He knows our to-do list, our responsibilities, and our needs. He promises that if we get to know the character of God- by spending time with Him, we will be taken care of. We will have a full faith bank!
Dear Heavenly Father, I want to know you more. I want to spend time with you. I find my days slipping by and my time running short. Help me make more room for you. Help me manage my time. Help me prioritize my schedule. Help me trust your word that says you will take care of me if I put you first. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and a Faith Bank For Us All,