Believe and Have Faith

by Jeanette Kessler

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV)

 It was 20 years ago and we were entering into the sale of our first home. The market was good. The realtor said the house should sell in just a few days. She prepared us by telling us that we may have to fix a few things, considering our house was built around 1890 and had many issues with it. It’s just the way it is with old houses.

My friend and mentor came over to the house to pray for the sale to go smoothly and quickly. We prayed that whatever was needed would be minimal because we didn’t have a lot of money to put in to fixing this old house. Two weeks passed and there were no offers but there had been several showings. The realtor said that she felt it was time to lower the price. I talked with my friend and told her of our situation. She said to me, “Jeanette, you can’t lower the price. Remember? You gave it to God. Once you give something to God, you can’t take it back. You need to have faith and allow some more time. He won’t let you down.”

The realtor was not especially happy with us when we told her that we would wait. “Suit yourselves…but If you want it to sell it, you will have to lower the price” she told us. Four more days passed and then we received a phone call from her. Good news! Someone had made an offer and they would give exactly what we were asking! And on top of everything, the inspection went smoothly and there wasn’t a single thing that needed to be fixed! Not one thing!

The realtor said that we were extremely lucky for that to happen. Lucky? No…. that’s not what it was. It was God!! You see, when you believe and have faith, things like this don’t just happen. It’s not luck…it’s God! He hears us! We gave it to him and waited for his answer. And he blessed us immensely.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NIV)

That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5 ESV)


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