Faith is one of the most important aspects of our spiritual life.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…Without faith it’s impossible to please God.Heb. 11:1, 6
If we don’t have faith, our walk with God is dead in the water, so to speak.
However, for many of us, our faith life is not what it should be. I should know, because all too often I fall into that category.
My faith seems to falter when I need it the most.
When things are looking their bleakest, that’s when my faith should shine. However, those are often the times when I withdraw inward and keep God at a distance.
I’ve been a believer in Christ for over three and a half decades. You’d think my faith would have grown some by now.
You may be like me—finding yourself in the position of doubting God, doubting that He will come through this time. Even though He has proven Himself over and over, you still doubt.
Our faith muscle needs stretching if it is to grow. If we truly want our faith to transcend any circumstances we find ourselves in, we need to use it every day.
From the small things to the large things, we must trust God in everything. Then, and only then, will our faith begin to grow and strengthen.
I’m amazed at the faith that Abraham displays when God asks him to sacrifice Isaac, his only son. I’m not sure I trust God enough to follow through with that.
I would doubt whether I was hearing God correctly. I’d say something like, “Are you sure this is what you want me to do, Lord?” or “No, I can’t do THAT. Surely you want me to do something else, right?”
Abraham’s faith lets him stand out as one of the greatest believers ever. He had to look beyond his circumstances and draw deeply from his well of faith in God.
I believe that’s what we must do if we’re to develop that kind of faith.
No matter what our situation looks like from our perspective, we must remember that God sees things from His 360-degree view.
He’s not limited to living in just the present like we are. Time is His construct, and He is in the past, present, and future all at the same time.
God knows how everything is going to turn out—you can count on that.
Even when things look their worst, we can trust that He is in control. That’s what Abraham did, and that’s what we have to do as well.
Trusting God for little things first will help grow our faith, especially if we’re unsure we can fully trust him for the big things in life.
However, just remember that your situation may not always work out how you think it should.
Often, God has a different plan than we do, and the thing we pray about and hope will come to pass may not happen.
We must trust God nonetheless, knowing that His way is best. When we can do this, we’ll be on the path to growing our faith.