Hebrews 11:1-3 – Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for. Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.
Why is it so hard to have faith in God?
Somedays, faith is easier than others.
Yep, I think so as well.
Why is it that some days, faith makes sense? But the next day? Totally not at all.
It is called LIFE.
When life is rolling along and things seem to click, everything seems better. The sunsets, the coffee, the scale. You know what I mean.
Then, when we are experiencing a downturn, EVERYTHING seems more difficult. Finding time to do the important things, the deafening noise in our world, and our favorite jeans just do not fit.
So, if you are having one of THOSE days, ponder this thought for a hot minute:
Somedays, faith is just hard.
If we wait for our faith to the strong enough or deep enough or something we understand enough, we’ll always be waiting. And waiting. We will keep thinking the grass WILL get greener and we will have this fantastic revelation about faith. Soon, faith will fit into our lives, and we will understand what it means personally. We will “figure” faith out.
Unfortunately, most of us never, ever reach that point. For most of us, faith always remains just a bit elusive and challenging. It’s something we still have a hard time understanding or believing.
Faith is NOT for the faint of heart. It’s not just something we revel in on our good days. Faith isn’t what makes a good day better. Faith is what makes a difficult day almost tolerable. It’s the questions that remain unanswered because we are not the Divine One with all the answers. Instead, we are the person wallowing through life with more answers than questions and just trying to put one foot in front of the other. Again.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement said it this way:
Oh, my, what good words.
If your faith is feeling a little shaky right now, do not be embarrassed or discouraged. Please do not run away from God. Instead, run TO God. Dig into God and prayer, even when you don’t want to. Maybe add a little scripture reading because, well, you aren’t sure what else to do. And then, eventually, a sliver of faith’s light will reappear on the horizon. Even if you still aren’t sure about faith, find a tiny bit of hope in that glimmer of light. Then, keep praying and asking God for faith to show up … because you cannot imagine life without faith.
Faith is not a one-and-done game. It’s a journey that involves every day of our lives.
Dear Friend – I do not know what is going on in your life right now. Maybe a loved one or someone incredibly special to you is feeling terribly overwhelmed and unsure. Maybe you are that person. If so, it’s OK to feel this way. Please accept this questioning of your faith and God and everything in-between. It happens to every believer; even if we do not admit it.
Turn to a friend. Chat with God. Listen and listen and listen. Decide faith is worth the effort, time, and commitment. Don’t be a quitter. Be the one who never stops asking questions. I’m confident God can handle every single question.
When faith is shaky, unsure, and teetering, do we stop doing faith? Do we wait for faith to return?
NO. A solid NO.
We keep seeking and waiting and following the nudges we feel. Through some of this, the light will come once again. In the meantime, the blessed Spirit will hold you tight and pray for you when words escape you and you are not quite sure what to say.
Faith is hard. Tricky. Difficult. Maddening.
Comforting. Necessary. The one thing we can always depend upon.
May your faith never give up because it’s what we do with what we believe.
For God’s grace that never gives up even when faith is hard, I am grateful.
Holy God – Quiet my heart if it is feeling a little shaky with You these days. Assure me that questioning faith is never bad and only an opportunity. When faith is hard, may I run to You and not away from You. Amen.
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