A Faith That Grows

“Faith is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.” I can remember hearing this for the first time from my mother-in-law Bessie who is now with the Lord. She spoke from a long experience of finding her Savior faithful.

What is faith? It’s trusting God and believing His promises. Faith means you let go of worry and give it all to God to sort out. Faith means not looking at the problem, but looking to Jesus. If you recall, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and started looking at the waves, he began to sink and cried out, “Lord, save me!” And Jesus reached out and took hold of him. When we have faith, we don’t sink; but even when we start to sink, we can still cry out to God. He will never leave us or forsake us. That’s an absolute surety.

Troubles can be a lot like the waves. I can’t imagine a more “insecure” place to be than walking on the waves. If Jesus doesn’t keep you up, nothing will.  Life is full of troubled waves, and you may feel pretty helpless out there walking on them. Remember Who you are with and where to keep your eyes. Don’t get distracted by the troubles and look at them. That’s a sure fire way to start to go down. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. He will finish what He has started. He doesn’t get distracted and look away.

Look at each hard providence in your life as an opportunity to work out your faith and make it stronger. Each time you trust God, your faith increases. Each time you lean on Him, He carries the load. And if we had no difficulties, we would have a very flabby faith. Let each and every trouble be a faith-builder. That’s what the troubles are for. Don’t miss any of your opportunities.

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9 thoughts on “A Faith That Grows

  1. “Faith is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets,” while at the same time, “each time you lean on Him, He carries the load.”

    One of the paradoxes of the Christian life: When we let Him do the heavy lifting, we are the ones strengthened. Muscular faith comes not from sweating and laboring under a weight of troubles but from taking on a easier yoke and a lighter burden. Beautiful.

  2. Thanks for the reminder – I’ve been walking through some larger than average waves wondering where in the world this storm came from and not considering that it might a reminder to focus more on God and less on my own feet.

  3. Nancy, this is THE word that I needed to hear today and the Lord was faithful to speak it to me through you. Praise His Holy Name, because even in that, He shows His faithfulness. I humbly confess that I am always needing this reminder. But especially, especially today.

    Love,
    Luma

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