Forced to Live by Faith
“These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold.”—1 Peter 1:7 Oh to have more faith! If only we could give up worry, anxiety, and fear and live in confidence that God has it all under control.
If the medications consumed in our modern world are any indication, we are a people plagued by anxiety.
Antidepressants, anti-anxiety, antacids, and pain relievers are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in our society. While some of this simply reflects our human condition, a lot reveals a society lacking in living, life-altering faith.
Faith is an interesting substance. You can’t get it by attending a Bible study. You don’t learn it just by talking about it. You certainly can’t get it by hoping and thinking and wishing for it.
But you can pray for faith—and then watch out for what happens!
Faith, like muscle, develops by being used. The more you exercise a muscle, the stronger it gets. The more you are forced to live by faith, the more you are stretched and challenged, and the stronger your faith grows. That’s what Peter meant in the verse above.
Your faith is more precious than gold. It will enrich your life more than any amount of money or precious items. Your faith is God’s gift to you, one that He desires to strengthen and enlarge, so that He can bless your life.
“God delights to increase the faith of His children. Our faith, which is feeble at first, is developed and strengthened more and more by us. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from God's hand as a means. I say —and say it deliberately—trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.” —George Mueller