What can God give us in the midst of a crisis? Thirdly, He can give us faith. It’s vitally important for us to have faith in the midst of a crisis. The Bible talks a lot about faith. We’re saved by faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
The Bible also talks about how as believers we are to live by faith. The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.” We’re saved by faith and then we are to live by faith. Christians are to be people of faith.
Let’s look at three thoughts on how vitally important faith is to a believer’s life. First of all, let’s consider the source of our faith. In Romans 10:17 we find these words, “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” The source of our faith is God and His Word. That’s why it’s so important for us to stay in the Word of God. As we read God’s Word, God can give us the gift of faith when we’re going through difficult times. You’ve no doubt heard before that what’s really important, when it comes to the matter of faith, is the object of our faith. What’s the object of our faith? When we read the Bible, it doesn’t say, “Have faith.” No, it says, “Have faith in God.” It doesn’t say, “Just believe.” No, it says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” It’s not just important to have faith or to believe, but we must have faith in God and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s an illustration. We can have a lot of faith and walk on thin ice and end up falling through the ice and drowning. Or we can have a little bit of faith and walk on thick ice and get across to the other side. It’s really not about the amount of faith we have, but rather it’s about the object of our faith. God is the source and object of our faith. We’re to put our faith in Him and make His Word the foundation of our lives.
The second thought concerns the strength of our faith. The truth is that sometimes our faith isn’t very strong. It reminds us of when Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on water. As long has his focus was on Jesus, things went well. But when he began to look at the waves and feel the strong winds, suddenly his focus shifted from the Lord to the storm and he began to sink. Of course, the Lord came to his rescue. After they returned to the boat, Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Oh ye of little faith.” God wants to strengthen our faith and often He uses a crisis to do just that.
The third thought concerns the stretching of our faith. In a lot of ways, faith is like a muscle. It has to be stretched in order to become stronger. Even the disciples asked the Lord to increase their faith. It’s in times of crisis that we learn a lot about faith, and we learn a lot about the importance of trusting God. God allows us to go through a crisis in order to build our faith in Him. Hebrews 12:2 states that Jesus is not only the author of our faith, but He’s the finisher of our faith. The word finisher means He is the one who perfects our faith. As God perfects our faith, He shapes us more and more into the likeness of Jesus. Hebrews 11 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him.” Let’s continue to be people of faith. Let’s learn to trust the Lord even in the most trying times of life.
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