Faith gains strength and validity when it endures a hard-pressed, hopeless, want-to-give-up situation; until called to action, faith remains in seed form, waiting to be tried and tested. Strong is the person whose faith can withstand the middle of a storm—the daunting hours.
We never know how much faith we have until we are in the middle of a test.
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (1 Peter 1:7 KJV)
Sustaining faith in the middle of a storm.
One day, Jesus told His disciples to get into the boat and sail to the other side. During their travel, Jesus slept, and the disciples experienced a fierce hurricane-type storm. Frightened for their lives, they woke Jesus, and He calmed the wind and waves. (See Luke 8:22-25.)
When was the disciples’ faith needed?
- When Jesus said, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake,”
- In the middle of the storm’s heightened fury,
- Or when the storm subsided, and the waves calmed down.
Faith was needed when Jesus first told the disciples to sail to the other side. The storm along the way was a missed opportunity for them to demonstrate their trust in Him. How many of us put ourselves through agony because we don’t take God at His Word—upfront?
Stay in faith—this might take a minute.
It doesn’t take much to hear an inspiring motivational message on faith to get our expectations in high gear, but how substantial is that faith when the hours linger in the face of opposition? How many of us can go through trials and lean on God’s promises no matter what might occur along the way?
I don’t know anyone who wants to go through a long unnerving wait. But the good news is, once we have endured, we can look back and see how much we grew spiritually and the priceless gems (experiences) we gathered while persevering through those daunting hours.
See you next time on Paulette Talks Faith.