It’s been a minute since I’ve written a blog. I don’t just write on here unless I feel God pressing it on my heart to share something that’s been placed on it for a few days. I’ve had conversations with a few close friends and my mom these past few weeks about the subject of faith. Not only the subject, but the backdrop and foundation of our faith. We talked about the importance of where we place our faith and came to the conclusion that when faith is not Christ Jesus himself, the road is rocky. The song that comes to mind is one of my favorites–“On Christ the solid Rock I stand”. A particular verse in this song says: When darkness seems to hide His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil. Think about this. The anchor is Christ himself and nothing else. To put faith in anything other than Jesus and His righteousness is generally a blind attempt to take away the significance of the cross. To put faith in anything other than Jesus will fail us because everything apart from Jesus is changing, unstable, and hopeless. The source of unchanging grace and unwavering love only comes from Jesus.
Regarding faith, we need to be careful. I think it’s easy to search for evidence and signs from God. Don’t get me wrong, God is definitely faithful to clearly present Himself actively in these ways, such as protection from a fatal accident, supernaturally intervening, or showing us a relevant bible verse on a given day. But if that is our hope to see evidence of faith, is that really what God is asking us to submit to? We have to get past searching for answers, looking for clarity, asking for spiritual highs and feeling. God is sovereign and intricately intervening even when we fail to see. If faith was based on feeling, we’d be in huge trouble, because our emotions and feelings are constantly wavering. Not only so, but as we desire to sense Him or even sense things we want to connect to Him, isn’t that taking our eyes off Jesus and onto ourselves? It becomes about us when our faith is founded upon a feeling. The one thing that doesn’t change is Jesus. He is faithful even when we don’t feel Him or think we’re far from Him. God wants us to put faith in the atoning sacrifice He has already presented to us. Isn’t that enough?
If you’re struggling with doubt or seem to be in a dry season, remember that God loves you. He’s got you and you cannot be snatched from His hand as a believer in Jesus. Begin to rest in God’s promises and who He is. Reflect on His faithfulness to you, despite your unfaithfulness to Him. He sees the blood of Jesus on you that was spilled for you and it even trumps doubt in your head. It trumps spiritual battles and circumstances. He is bigger than your feelings, doubts, mind, and the lies that Satan feeds.
I read a quote recently that stood out to me. “Faith is trusting Christ instead of trusting in ourselves to trust Christ.” Look at the cross. Look to Jesus and reflect on His unwavering grace. Remember His obedience to death on behalf of your sins and mine. Don’t try to muster up the faith to believe because you can’t, but Christ can. Ask God for the gift of faith. It only comes from Him.
I’ll leave you with Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Rest in this and be blessed :)