I love espresso. But that’s to be expected. I’ve lived in Italy over 30 years! But what I really want is an espresso faith! Not in the sense of being fast and easy, because a life of real faith is never a life with no problems.
But rather a faith that sees above and beyond problems and trials. That remembers and believes that the Lord promises to help us in all of them. And realizes that it’s often our worst trials that do us the greatest good.
Espresso coffee so strong and special because of how it’s made. And God, by allowing troubles and trials in our lives, puts our faith through a simular procedure. Brewing it until it becomes good, strong, energizing, and refreshing – just like espresso!
God allows troubles and trials in our lives because they brew our faith to become strong, energizing, and refreshing – just like espresso!Tweet
Faith under pressure
To make and enjoy a good espresso, first the beans must be put through a slow roasting process to give them a strong, rich flavor. Then the coffee grounds get pressed down thoroughly into the pot’s filter. The water is then forcibly pressed-out through the grounds under high pressure. Until finally the finished savory coffee gets poured out to restore and refresh us.
Life’s trials and troubles put our faith through a similar process, brewing our faith until it becomes strong and sure.
A faith that is strong like espresso!
A faith that is:
- ROASTED through trials until it’s rich and strong.
- PRESSED-DOWN on every side, yet never in despair.
- PRESSED-OUT as a sacrifice of service to help this world under pressure.
- POURED OUT as a love offering to Christ.
I love espresso and fully enjoy savoring its great benefits. But even more, by embracing trials, I want to brew a strong espresso-like faith!
And how about you? Do you want a faith that is so strong that it can withstand any trial, and then go on to strengthen others? A faith that becomes a savory, fragrant offering to the Lord: Espresso-strength faith!
IMAGES: Espress & Bible by Kelly Sikkema.