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Thursday, November 04, 2010

By Default, Aging Builds Faith

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

The Bible says that a measure of faith is given to everyone. To me, this means we are born with that measure. Depending on our life's journey and the trials burdening us, some of us will need more faith than others. Some will grow their faith to great levels, others will simply hold what they have and let it grow dormant.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) 

As you are facing difficult challenges in your life, do you often feel as if you don't have enough faith? That you can't possibly handle anything more? Or you're going to fail your loved ones, yourself, and God?

We all face these doubts. It doesn't mean you don't have faith--or you don't have enough faith. What it means is that God is helping you stretch your faith--to grow and strengthen it. That's why it feels like you don't have enough, but God has already provided you enough faith for anything you will need to face. 

Think of faith as a scab on your knuckle. Right now you don't need that scab. There isn't a wound and so you don't see it. That doesn't mean your body lacks the ingredients to make a scab when you next cut yourself. Faith is like that in our spiritual body. It has the ingredients to make as much or as little as we need when the time comes. That's why the Bible says we have a measure of faith. God doesn't point out the exact measure. It's not only different for everyone, but different for each circumstance.

You may suffer a cut deep enough to leave a scar, but no matter how much it bleeds, a scab will still grow over it. The scab may feel tight, swollen, and awkward, but somehow you can move your knuckle to type, to write, to hold things--it is still moving and functioning, much like our faith when we are in the midst of a trial. When the scab is gone, even though we no longer see it, we know that if we are cut again, a scab will return. It's called experience.

Faith is our spiritual scab for heart hurts, emotional pain, and spiritual battles. We may not see or feel it when we don't need it, but when the time comes, it miraculously appears. We will keep putting one foot in front of the other and getting up each morning to new mercies. Scars from scabs are reminders of what we've been through--what we've overcome. It's a reminder of our deep well of faith--the never-ending well of Christ and His enduring word.

You may be thinking of the verse that says without faith it is impossible to please God. Don't take this verse out of context thinking you must be strong, powerful, willing to take on your circumstance all on your own. This verse is referring to the belief in Christ and who He is. 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Lean into Him for strength. Just by not giving up, you are exercising your faith. Even if you have a few doubts, it doesn't mean you don't have enough faith. God gave you enough faith, because He has more than enough to fill your faith well with what you lack.

My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

A great example is Abraham and Sarah. Abraham is a biblical character known as a Godly man of faith because he was willing to sacrifice his son on an altar for God--a son he had waited years to have as God's promise. Did Abraham start out that way with all that faith? Of course not. In fact, when he was younger, he told his wife Sarah to tell Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, that she was his sister because she was so beautiful. He knew that Pharaoh would want Sarah for himself. A husband would be a problem and Abraham feared for his life. Instead of trusting God, he devised his own plan.

Faith comes by hearing the word of God, but it also comes by experience, which we gain as we age. Have you experienced the stretching of your faith? Feel free to share your story.