When it comes to faith, sometimes you just have to do it. Exercise your faith, that is.
There may be times when we don’t feel like trusting God or believing the promises that are found in the Bible.
But that doesn’t give us an excuse to be lazy in our faith.
After all, there are many things in life that we don’t feel like doing but we do them anyway.
Take work, for example. If we didn’t have to roll out of bed every morning and head into the office (or make our way to the assembly line, or hit the road), we probably wouldn’t do it.
We have to work, however, because we need money to pay for food, housing, clothes, etc.
We should view acting in faith the exact same way.
Treat faith just as you would food and water—we need it to survive. And we should be exercising our faith so that it gets stronger and deeper.
The more we use our faith, the more deeply rooted it becomes.
Our faith will become more valuable to us the stronger it is.
So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire.1 Peter 1:7a
Not that faith is all about what we can get out of it. Rather, faith is a representation of our relationship with God.
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.Heb. 11:6
So, if we live our lives in a manner that’s pleasing to God, seeking Him and striving to deepen our relationship with Him, we can be confident that our faith will grow and our lives will be more enriched.
And it all starts by simply “just doing it.” Big faith always starts out small. Not many of us have super duper faith that is so deep that there is no room for growth.
But, if we take the little faith we have and use it every day to trust God, it will grow.
Focus on the promises of God—there are loads of them found in the Bible.
For example, this is one of my favorite verses:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your pathsProv. 3:5-6
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.James 1:5
These are just two of the hundreds of promises God has made to us. He is waiting for us to step out in faith and lean on Him.
So, go ahead and put your faith in the Almighty Creator of the Universe, even if you don’t feel like it.
You can’t go wrong doing so.