Growing In Faith
Life. In life things happen that shake our faith. Situations arise suddenly like a storm. They shake us up, spin us around and overwhelm our mind and emotions.
When this happens, we discover what we really believe.
Our faith isn’t shaken when things are calm. It’s when the pain is overwhelming, and we can’t see straight that what’s inside us comes out.
I have had my faith shaken and it’s scary. When our faith gets shaken, we question what we believe about everything. About God, ourselves, even life.
But there’s hope.
We can hold onto our faith amid being shaken.
Faith is putting your trust in something or someone. When your faith is being shaken, the trust is being put on trial. When we feel the unsteadiness of our faith being shaken there are things we can hold onto to get us through the storm.
There are things you can use to hold onto your faith:
- God’s word.
2. God’s unchanging hand and answered prayers.
I am at a point in my life where I have to remember every time my world has been shaken and God has carried me through. I reach into my "faith arsenals" and pull out a time where He pulled me through....which is every time! He is always faithful.
3. Having faith in God.
Worship, talking to God honestly, sometimes that means anger rears its ugly head… (He knows anyway right?!) Scripture is the hardest to hold onto when my faith is shaken, but it’s what comes from the heart when I am hurting, angry, happy, sad, and every in between.
My faith has been really shaken in the last couple of years...more times that I would like to admit. I pray, listen to worship music, read my Bible, and honestly… I yell at God. He knows what each of us are going through and He carries us through the storm.
4. Remember that God is far larger than my faith/theology/doctrine....what we "know".
That even when I feel these outward things I cling to shaking apart – God is big enough to still be there when they fall. After all it is not about my faith or love to begin with, rather God’s faith and love in me.
God's Word, answered prayers, your history with God, your faith in God, and remembering God is larger than anything we "know" can quiet the raging questions of what if, what about, and why.
Like a child reaches for a parent when they are scared we can reach for God. Prayer, worship and simply choosing to believe He is bigger than the shaking that is happening in our life are examples of having faith in God.
Having your faith shaken isn’t a sign of weakness but evidence that you are human.
In fact, if you have had your faith shaken, you are in good company.
Here are three examples from the Bible and how they used the same three things we have to hold onto.
John the Baptist preached about Jesus: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” And, “I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
But when he was thrown in jail he questioned if Jesus was really the Messiah. John reached out to friends to ask Jesus if he was “the one”. Jesus answered with evidence so he could stick with what he knew. (John 1:29, 34, Luke 7:18-23)
Simon Peter was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. It was Peter who received the revelation that Jesus was the Son of the Living God. But after Jesus was arrested Peter denied knowing Jesus with cursing and swearing. Peter was shocked at what he had done. Jesus wasn’t. Jesus had predicted it and prayed for Peter’s faith to not fail and it didn’t. Peter chose to have faith in God. He believed Jesus was bigger than His denial. Jesus was indeed bigger and not only reconciled Peter but asked him to help others. (Matthew 16:15-16, John 18:13-27)
Jesus the Christ knew who He was and how He was going to die. He said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” But it the garden of Gethsemane under the intense pressure He asked if there was another way. There wasn’t and He stuck with what He knew and fulfilled His mission of laying down His life for us. (John 8:28, Mark 14:32-50)
Having your faith shaken is not the same as losing it. It’s testing it to see if it is real. The Bible says our faith is more precious than gold.
When your faith is shaken don’t condemn yourself. God doesn’t. Hang on, His grace will see you through!