Faith for the Middle

Post by Joel Osteen on September 8, 2017

It's easy to have faith at the start. When your baby is born, or you marry that beautiful girl, or you get that job, it's exciting. It's also easy to have faith when you can see the finish line, you've fought the good fight, and now the dream is in sight. The challenge is having faith in the middle—when it's taking longer than you thought, when you don't have the funds, when the medical report isn't good. 

God never promised that we would reach our destiny without opposition, without disappointments, without things we don't understand. The Scripture says, "Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you" (1 Peter 4:12 NKJV). That means don't get upset because somebody did you wrong, or because the business slowed, or because your child takes a wrong turn. God is still on the throne. Nothing that's happened to you has stopped His plan for your life.

My question is, will you have faith in the middle?

God gave Joseph a dream that one day his family would bow down before him (see Genesis 37). God showed him the end, and the promise was planted in his heart. But what God didn't show him was the middle. Years later, when the dream came to pass and Joseph was ruling over the nation of Egypt, I can hear him saying, "God, You gave me this incredible promise, but You didn't tell me I'd be thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused of a crime, and put in prison." If Joseph were here today, he would tell you, "Don't get discouraged in the middle. Don't give up when life doesn't make sense." You know the promise is in your heart. You know God told you that you're going to be healthy again, you'll see your family restored, you'll meet the person of your dreams, but every circumstance says just the opposite. Keep believing; keep being your best. If you'll have faith for the middle, the God of the middle is going to protect you, provide for you, and favor you.


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