Fluctuating faith

23 November 2018
‘I catch no glimpse of him.’

Sometimes we won’t sense God’s presence. Those are difficult times. In the midst of trouble, Job said: ‘If I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him’ (vv.8-9 NIV). Job felt far from God. Yet despite his inability to feel God, he ultimately decided that: ‘He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold’ (v.10 NIV). Difficult days demand decisions of faith. David said, ‘When I am afraid, I put my trust in you’ (Psalm 56:3 NIV). When we can’t understand the ways of God, we need to trust in the unchanging and loving character of God. So, we need to build up our trust and understanding of God when we’re in the good times, so that we’ve got a foundation for those tough times. If we don’t then we’ll have fluctuating faith. When things are going great we’ll be able to see God’s goodness and faithfulness, but when things go wrong and life gets hard we’ll ask questions like ‘why me?’ or ‘does God still love me?’ And if we’re asking questions like that, we’re unlikely to make the decision to trust in God and have faith. So how do we avoid fluctuating faith? We need to immerse ourselves in the Bible. There are so many verses which tell us the nature of God. They tell us that He is good, faithful, loving, accepting, fair, and working everything ultimately for good. And that’s true no matter what we’re facing. In changing times, we need to stand confidently on the unchanging character of God.

 

What Now?

Go through your Bible and make a list of God’s characteristics. Keep the list on hand to read through on tough days.

Read More

12th Dec 2018
11th Dec 2018
10th Dec 2018
09th Dec 2018
08th Dec 2018
07th Dec 2018
06th Dec 2018
05th Dec 2018
04th Dec 2018
03rd Dec 2018
02nd Dec 2018
01st Dec 2018
30th Nov 2018
28th Nov 2018
27th Nov 2018
26th Nov 2018
25th Nov 2018
24th Nov 2018
23rd Nov 2018
22nd Nov 2018
21st Nov 2018
20th Nov 2018
19th Nov 2018
18th Nov 2018

 

Social Media