Developing faith in Jesus Christ
Faith in Jesus Christ determines purpose and action in our lives.
Consider the situation of Jeremiah, a prophet in the Old Testament, who was literally stuck in the mire. Jeremiah was cast into a deep dungeon where there was “no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk into the mire.” (Jeremiah 38:6 KJV)
We all have times in our lives where we, through the actions of others, or sadly, through our own choices, or from unforeseen circumstances, have been, are currently, or will sometime—be figuratively cast down into some dungeon and stuck in the mire without water.
How did Jeremiah get out? In Jeremiah 38:11-13 it tells how some men came, lowered down some old rags to Jeremiah, told him to put the rags under his arms and then lifted him out of his terrible mess.
There is great imagery and symbolism in this story for us as Christians. Faith and works in Jesus Christ will lift us out of our mire, and for us just as for Jeremiah, Christ is the living water. (John 4:14 KJV)
I envision our Savior, knowing we are in a deep spot coming to us. He gets down on the ground and with his hands, grace and power literally pulls us up out of the dark wet dungeon. But, for this to happen, we have to look up and acknowledge His presence. We have to take the hands that are reached out to us. We have to hold on tight and let the Savior pull us up. This is faith in action.
When Jeremiah got out of the mire, was his life without worry or free of trials? Of course not. And neither will our lives be.
Our faith in our Redeemer will strengthen and fortify us, will give us courage, hope and determination to meet life’s challenges.
So how can we apply Jeremiah’s experience to our lives?
When I was five months pregnant with one of our children, it was determined that our baby was possibly having some developmental health problems. We sought advice and counsel from our health professionals. My husband and I were literally in the mire. We were scared; we felt as though we were in a dark place with worry.
It was suggested and determined that having an amniocentesis would give us the information we could use to help our baby.
As a family and extended family, we prayed for strength, guidance and fasted together. We felt that the Savior was helping us; that He was reaching down His hands to pull us up to a place of greater faith and peace.
Even though we did not know what the outcome was going to be, we decided to let His hands pull us up, to let Him be our living water. We had the amniocentesis and put our faith in God. We felt peaceful about this decision and had faith that we could live God’s will.
Thankfully, in this instance, everything turned out fine. The baby was safe and we delivered a healthy baby a few months later.
I am grateful that we were able to exercise our faith in Christ and to let His wonderful, powerful, graceful hands lift us up.
Developing our faith in Christ is a lifelong pursuit. Let Him guide us, let Him reach us; let Him lift us up.
Rene Whipple is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and resides in the Clearview Ward. firstname.lastname@example.org