Do you ever feel like you lack faith?
Having faith is a foundational component of following Jesus, though it’s hard to have faith in every circumstance—especially when you feel hurt from not knowing the outcome of something.
When things don’t go as planned, or they don’t seem to go in your favor, do you ask yourself, “did God even hear my prayers?”
“Is he really working on my behalf for good?”
“Am I really seen and loved by God?”
These unseemly thoughts can occupy my mind in these times. How about you?
They can lead me to spiral to a place of not seeing God as being the faithful, loving, trusting Father that I have always known him to be.
They bring me into a place further from Jesus, when I should be leaning on him more in times like these.
However we respond in unprecedented situations, we can and should trust in the character of Jesus and that his presence is always with us.
If we press into him, he will deliver us to a place of peace. We can know that we can trust who he has always been, despite what happens. We can rest in the truth that he will be with us in it all.
His character never changes—even though we waver in our faith. But how can we stand in this truth and not waver?
1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV) says, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
When we put our faith in Jesus as our savior, we can know that the promise of eternal life with him is a partnership in this present life as much as it is with him in eternity forever.
It means that—forever—we have the promise that he is with us, in good times, bad times, and uncertain times, forever. No matter what.
It’s by standing in faith in Jesus that you can receive the comfort from the hurt that you need to persevere.
It’s imperative, though, that your faith enables you to know that, despite the hurt and pain that you are dwelling in from a situation that didn’t turn out the way you hoped, his character doesn’t change. Or his presence with you. It’s always abundant, no matter what.
The faith with which you came to know Jesus is powerful. In your acceptance of Christ, you understood his power from his act of dying on the cross for you.
The power of faith within you is him and holds his immense presence. His presence doesn’t leave you when things don’t seem to be going the way you expected. Or when the pain from it is so overwhelming that you can’t seem to focus on anything else.
He is still with you.
That also means his power, position, and who he is, too.
Jesus has many names and qualities: Emmanuel, Kings of Kings, Alpha, Omega, Omnipresent, Consistent, Reliable, Unconditionally Loving, Trustworthy, Faithful, and the list goes on.
When you rest in the truth of who he is, you can stand in your faith and “fight the good fight.”
You can not waver in him; however, you can bask in his glory and see him with you.
You can feel his comfort to meet you in the hurt of things not going as planned, instead of questioning. Let go of your doubt in your faith today and know that Jesus never changes. He is always with you and you can keep the faith.