“Fear may tell you that you can’t, but faith tells you that you can.” I don’t know who said that, but it screams truth to those who are willing to listen.
As life gets tougher, and college gets rougher, it may seem that your faith is being put to the test daily. As a Christian, who happens to be a professor, nothing baffles me more than to see “unsaved” students with more faith than “saved” students. I just can’t explain it.
However, even the strongest of believers have problems with their faith from time to time. Hey, we’re all human. Every now and then, we need to be reminded of where our help comes from. “I look unto the hills, from which cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord.”
Personally, I don’t believe most people have weak faith; I believe most people just have weak memories. I call it “spiritual amnesia.” Allow me to illustrate.
Think about the last problem, challenge, or issue in your life that caused you to lose sleep, worry about it, or complain about the possible outcome. Do you remember what that “thing” was? Now, ask yourself, “Was that the worst problem or crisis you’ve ever had to deal with in your life?” For the majority of us, it probably wasn’t.
Here’s my point, if the last problem, challenge, or issue you faced “wasn’t” the worst thing that ever happened to you, and God pulled you through something before that was much worst, why worry, complain or lose sleep over anything less? I hope that makes sense.
My point is this, we get “spiritual amnesia” when it comes to our problems. We know God has blessed, healed, or delivered us in the past, but somehow we forget the blessing when we’re faced with a new challenge. This has to get on God’s nerves.
Just think about it…If you really care about me, and you tell me, “Joe, if you ever need help with your tuition, I have more than enough money, all you have to do ask me for it and I’ll give it to you.” And when I do ask, you indeed deliver as promised. Then you tell me afterwards, “I want to help you Joe, so if you need any more money, you just let me know.”
Weeks, maybe even months, pass by, and you hear from my roommate that I dropped out of college because I didn’t have enough money to pay my tuition. What would you think? That’s right, “Why didn’t Joe ask me for it? I told him I had more than enough.”
I truly believe this is how God feels toward us when we worry, lose sleep, or complain about our circumstances. He’s saying, “Why don’t you give your problems to me? I can handle them; I have more than enough resources to meet your needs.” (1 Peter 5:7)
The reason why we lose faith and worry excessively about our circumstances is because we’re focusing more on our “problems” than we are on God’s “promises.”
“He will supply all your needs according to his riches and glory.”
“All things are possible to him who believes.”
“You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.”
“If you love his teachings you will find peace, and nothing will defeat you.”
“Give your worries to the Lord and He will take care of you.”
As you know, faith is not a one time occurrence. Faith is an on-going journey throughout our spiritual lives. It can only be strengthened through exercise. How can you exercise your faith? Here’s the catch, you have to continue to experience and endure tough times and tough situations. It’s like lifting weights. If you only continue to lift what is comfortable, your muscles won’t grow physically. The same is true of faith, if you continue to avoid dealing with tough situations, you won’t grow spiritually. If you want to strengthen your faith, start viewing every challenge or problem in you life as food for your spiritual growth. I know that’s easier to say than it is to do, but again, you must focus on God’s promises, not your problems. I pray that you will find strength in these words from Isaiah 41:10
“So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.”
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