As my sleepy body was awaking this morning, I began to contemplate faith again…
This topic is weighing heavily on my mind and probably because it is something that I, myself, have still much in which to grow.
As I was pondering faith, the thought came, “What we think is faith is often not about God at all but about us.” Let me explain…
Often when we think about faith, we think in terms of how much faith we have or in our ability to trust. In other words, we look at ourselves — our ability to trust or have faith.
The truth is faith isn’t about you or about me. It’s about God.
Faith is recognizing God for who He is, and it’s staking your mind on the promises of God — regardless of your present circumstances or feelings of “faith.”
Faith is deciding to live the truth of God’s Word. It’s anchoring your soul to its truth — no matter what is going on around you.
Faith is what keeps the enemy’s lies from “hitting their mark” and causing us great harm. (See: https://graceinthemoment.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/putting-on-our-primary-defense-weapons/)
We are often so unprepared for the battle because we revert back to looking to ourselves — our abilities to fight the battle. We forget that the battle is the Lord’s, and that it can only be fought in His strength and by using His “weapons.”
Yes, we have our part to play in the battle. We have to resist the enemy, and we have to put on our armor. In doing so, let’s not become confused and think it’s a matter of our own faith that will keep us.
In looking at our own abilities to have faith, we begin to take our eyes off Jesus, and we will begin to “sink,” as Peter did. Instead, we need to keep our eyes on our God — on His greatness, His power, His victory, His forgiveness, His grace, His righteousness, His love, His truth. It is then not difficult at all to trust in so great a God!