Where the Rubber Hits the Road


Most of us consider ourselves to be people of faith. After all, to be a believer requires that there be an object of belief—in our case, the triune God. So we exercise faith in acknowledging the existence—as mysterious and perplexing as it may be—of one God in three distinct persons.

But I think we’d all agree that our faith requires more than just acknowledging God’s existence. It requires us also to believe in His attributes, His character, and His promises. Our faith in these is relatively effortless when things are going well. But in the midst of financial instability, extended illness, trauma, grief, and loneliness, we begin to wonder if God is truly all-knowing, unconditionally loving, and genuinely compassionate, and we wonder if His promises are actually true. Adverse circumstances cause some to wander from or even abandon their faith, while others go deeper in it, trusting that His greater purposes for us and others are being fulfilled by sharing in Christ’s sufferings.

But the truest test of faith comes when God calls us to the impossible. Abraham, for instance, was fully convinced that neither he nor his barren wife, Sarah, were capable of bearing the son God had promised them. Yet “[h]e staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20-21, KJV). In The Finished Work of Christ, Francis Schaeffer writes,

Belief, for the Christian, is never a blind step of faith. Belief, for the Christian, is always believing God, believing He exists, and believing His promises. So here we find that Abraham “staggered not at the promise of God.” Now, God’s specific promise to give Abraham a son was certainly something to stagger about. Far from staggering, however, Abraham “was strong in faith.” We could also translate this, “was made strong by faith.” His faith laid hold of God. His faith believed. This was his strength. “Giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”

Jesus revealed Himself to Hamad in a dream. In a country where it is nearly impossible to follow Christ without being ostracized and persecuted, Hamad rests in the promises of Isaiah 61 as he proclaims and lives out the gospel to those around him.

Betty Mitchell trusted God for the impossible. Through unimaginable adversity, she allowed her confidence in God’s attributes, character, and promises to propel her into deeper levels of faith and service, right up until the very moment she received her eternal reward on June 28, 2017.

Is God calling you to the impossible? As He does (and He will!), will your faith be flattened or fortified?

1 response to Where the Rubber Hits the Road

  1. Betty Mitchell was indeed in inspiration to so many of us. She challenged us to go deeper with the Lord and be shining lights for Him wherever He placed us!!

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