It seems that bad news is handed to us every single day. Today, we are dealing with family issues, financial issues, and now a global pandemic. It is literally enough to drive anyone to the point of no return.
During these hard times, it is easy for us to lose faith in God. We question why He would allow these bad things to come about. If He loves us, why isn’t He protecting us?
We have probably all had these questions either in our mind, or maybe have spoken them aloud.
During uncertain times, we want answers and solutions immediately. However, it does not work this way. This is where we should implement our faith in God.
Personally, I have always been the type of person that rushes to “fix” a problem. I consider myself a caring person, and I do not like to see people worry or struggle. There are a lot of times where my help cannot change an unpleasant situation because I am no superhero. I don’t wear a cape nor have any special powers.
In these moments when I am trying to “fix” problems, I am not exhibiting my faith in God. I must ask myself why? Why do I fail to activate my faith in God, when I need him most? To answer my own question…It’s because I am impatient. I have become so accustomed to getting everything quick, fast, and in a hurry.
But the Bible says, "Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:3-4
God’s word is encouraging us to go through these hard times because He wants to build us, strengthen us, and teach us how to be patient.
The Amplified Bible reads it like this:
“Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.” James 1:3-4
Faith is our remedy. Yes, faith…it is a small word, with a huge meaning. What is faith? Faith is our strong belief in God or in the teachings of religion. Faith, by definition, is based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. When we choose to live in faith, we are choosing to trust, believe, and fully rely on God.
This is difficult for us to do because we are human. We must put our faith, meaning our ability to trust, believe, and rely on God, whom we can not see.
Faith in God should be a constant way of living. The bible says this:
But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
We must consistently seek God for His will and way in our lives.
Remember what Jesus told Simon Peter after the Last Supper? He said:
“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32 (NKJV)
God knew of the struggles that Simon Peter and the disciples would encounter following His crucifixion. So, God demanded the attention of Simon Peter, by calling his name twice, and then he admonished him to ‘Listen”.
This is a very important point for us today. God wants us to LISTEN to His word. Paul tells us in Romans.
So, faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17 NLT
Have Can We Strengthen Our Faith?
Remember what the Word of God says:
He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 Amplified Bible
God is telling us that having faith is important, no matter the amount of faith you possess.
The way we strengthen our faith in God is to go through the hard times by fully trusting, believing, and relying on Him. I like to use the analogy of someone going to the gym to workout. They will not get the results they desire if they do not put in the hard-grueling work. They must trust the process, believe their hard work will pay off, and fully rely on their workout plan.
Here are a few more ways to strengthen our faith:
When I feel the urge to speak with God, I do. The best conversations with God are real, casual, and honest. Don’t limit yourself, there is no right or wrong way to pray, God simply wants to hear from you. Talk to Him, no pressure, just talk.
We must know the Word of God. We must make time to sit down and curl up with our Bibles. We need His Word inside, in our minds and in our hearts. Knowing God’s Word goes hand in hand with trusting God and praying.
BE THE LIGHT
You are the light of the world, so shine bright so that everyone can see God working through you. Be loving and caring towards each other. Be encouraging and build one another up. Be joyful people, who don’t spend our days complaining.
So, remember, faith is important because it supplies us with hope for tomorrow. God wants us to trust, believe, and rely on Him.
-Until next time.
Blessings to you and yours,
Ashley Jean White
Blogger for Wonder Woo