Written & Published by Lolita Buck
Let me first start out by defining what faith is. It’s our ability to believe God for an outcome even though we can’t see it ahead of time. I suppose the more politically correct way to say it is, it’s the evidence of things hoped for but not seen. Why is faith so important? Because without it, it is impossible to please God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
However, sometimes our faith is tested beyond our ability to comprehend. Yet we are told to stand firm in our faith. We are also told in the word of God that each man is given a measure of faith as it relates to our gifts in the spirit. So why would God command it, but yet he knows that at times our faith will be tested? Because truthfully speaking can you really even muster up a mustard seed of faith when the trials and tribulations of life appear to be insurmountable? Of course you can, but it’s much easier said than done. Let me show you what I mean. Jesus Christ the Son of God found himself sweating drops of blood because life circumstances were so excruciating that he very briefly asked God to take the cup from him. In this very moment his faith was being tested. Everything he trusted God for, was being challenged and he knew it. That’s why he immediately said, nevertheless not my will but thine will be done.
JESUS CHRIST WAS HAVING A HUMAN MOMENT
That’s my point. No measure of faith takes away the human equation. We are all human beings having a real life experience. Yes faith is required to please God. But I’m quite sure that God takes into consideration the fact that we our flesh & blood. In other words our aim should be to please him, to be Holy like him. But he clearly states that all have sinned & fallen short of his Glory.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
He knows that we won’t ever measure up to his standards. But he at least wants us to try. I guess it’s like when your grades aren’t necessarily good, but often times you get an “A” for effort. Simply put our measure of faith is our reasonable service towards God & it varies from person to person. But show me one person who gets faith right 100% of the time. No one does. I don’t care how sanctified or filled with the Holy Spirit you claim to be. No one ever gets the entire faith cup filled. Not even Jesus Christ the Son of God. In that very brief lapse in judgement where he asked for the cup to be removed from him. His faith went out the window. But God’s divine plan remained the same.
Yes I encourage you fill your cup daily with an abundance of faith. But don’t you dare get out a measuring stick of sorts. Because you’ll surely be disappointed. Our faith waivers, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our faith doesn’t change God’s plan it only changes our hearts towards him. It challenges us to trust him as best we can, throughout all of life’s circumstances even when it appears he’s ignoring us. Because let’s get real here sometimes it does feel like he’s not paying any attention to us at all. But trust me he is.
Our measure of faith isn’t so that we can compare religious trophies and accolades with others on who loves God the most. Only God truly knows our hearts towards him. So there is nothing to prove to others or to the world. It is really our way of saying to God I trust you and when my faith waivers I can trust that you will always be faithful towards me. We are simply humbling ourselves in his presence realizing that when we can’t see what he’s up to, it is our faith that assures us that he will always deliver. That’s what a measure of faith is all about no matter how shaky or wobbly it may get. Little by little, day by day, we go from faith to faith; from glory to glory. We never master it, it’s simply a learning curve that we get better at over time, as we learn to trust him every step of the way.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!