We all have a measure of faith within us (Romans 12:30). Our faith can do two things: it can fuel us to believe our God is bigger than our problems, or it can begin to measure God into a smaller God than He is. The entire universe fits in the palm of His hands; our God is not consumed by measure of space and time. Which is why it’s so imperative to have faith when it matters, not when it’s convenient.
You Gotta Have Faith
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
God wants to show us His faithfulness and goodness, but we can’t believe that if we constantly doubt that God will give us fully what He intended. This is the God who created the world, who died for us and who rose again, so there’s all the more reason to believe. And He’s not requiring a lot from us. All He asks is that we have faith in order for Him to do His wonders. God is not a God of convenience, He is a God in the business of perfecting our faith, which will often mean shaking us awake, “because [we] know that the testing of [our] faith produces perseverance” (James 1:3).
A Light In Dark Moments
Because God is the word, I don’t think He takes what He says lightly. God knows we will go through storms, and yet He’s graciously telling us to have faith, to be strong, to take heart. What has God ever asked of you that you desperately, angrily, didn’t want to do? God asks for faith. He asks for your trust. He calls you to do great things because He knows the people you will bless through your faith in what you simply could not see.
Anyone can say they believe or even that they have faith, but it’s in the dark moments when our faith is defined. I could say all day every day that I have such faith … but the moment a storm comes, I could quiver like a leaf and want to hide. What faith did I have, then?
Trust In Him
There will come a point in all of our lives where our faith is so incredibly tested that it will feel like we can’t breathe. But we will hear God’s whisper, “Will you trust me? Will you allow me to be God over your life?”
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18
So, what does real faith look like? It looks like Peter stepping out of the boat towards Jesus. It looks like Moses running his staff into the sea. It looks like Esther going before the King, risking her very life. We can have that same faith. God is still the same God He was then. Let’s have the faith that moves mountains, the very faith that allows even a tree to be planted in the sea (Luke 17:6).