When we are in a crisis like today, we are overwhelmed. Our resources are not enough, or we fear that they will not be sufficient.
It is a firm foundation of a solid rock to stand on when you know that God is faithful and that you can depend on him completely!
For believers in Jesus, dependence on the faithfulness of God is not an emergency action in a crisis but a way of life developed over time as we repeatedly experience his loving care.
Our human nature is constantly urging us to depend on what we can see, touch, and feel. Meanwhile the Spirit encourages us to believe what God has told us and act accordingly even when we don’t see it. It is a life of faith.
God wants us to trust Him by faith. But what does that look like? And furthermore, what is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 states that “faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see”. It is by faith that we first trust and believe in the Lord, and are saved from eternal punishment. “Namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction” (Romans 3:22).
It is also by faith that we live the Christian life. Not faith in ourselves, for we are incapable of it, but faith that Christ will manifest Himself in and through us by the power of His Holy Spirit, as we abide in Him. “Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
When we are lacking faith, we begin to fall into patterns of self-reliance, worry, and even depression. We may doubt that God is in control, or that He truly cares about us. On the other hand, growing in faith means that we begin to trust God completely in everything. We know that His Word is true and, because of it, grow to trust in His goodness and faithfulness. As we see how God has proven himself to be faithful in one circumstance to another, our confidence in him grows.
A. W. Tozer, in his book The Pursuit of God, says, “Faith is not in itself a meritorious act; the merit is in the One toward Whom it is directed. Faith is a redirecting of our sight, a getting out of the focus of our own vision and getting God into focus.”