I would think by now I would have a stronger grip on my faith. To be honest, I often don’t. Even with a faith built upon the many examples of life conspiring divinely in my favor time after time. From those last minute answers to prayer, to escaping death (many times) you would think daily faith would be pretty simple. Yet, too often I forget those times, and God’s faithfulness in my daily struggles which can get frustrating. Recently I was wrestling with how much my faith apparently ebbs and flows based upon the current, presenting realities while forgetting the historical blessings in my life. WHY!? My eyes, having lost focus on the faithfulness and goodness of God leads to something best described as blessing amnesia leading to faith weakening. Is my faith like the boat tossed in the sea?! Ouch.
Life gets tough when the grace of God extending through the cross becomes clouded because of “in my face realities,” or from the busy-ness and strain to keep up with… well, everything. Can you relate? Maybe you can identify with this, but what to do about it?
After going after God on a focused path of ministry, service to my neighbors, and a heart seeking MORE of God regularly, why after so many years does following Jesus have to be so hard and feel complicated. Love God, love your neighbor… sounds easy enough. Yes, the Lord tells us WE will have troubles and the path is not easy, but this is not what I expected, and not what I need. Or, is it? As I desire to strengthen and seek more faith, I also must remember He demands intimate relationship.
Truth is, if we are to continue becoming more like Jesus, then growing our faith must be something done through intimate relationship, worship, seeking. When intimacy will God loses its place as our PLAN A, we will face more strife, less peace, and unknowingly make space for the enemy to cause trouble. No thank you! So what we need to do. Check our intimacy meters every time our faith weakens. Read more