Friday, April 21, 2017

When You Think You've Lost Your Faith~

So many times we think we have faith until
we find ourselves in a place that has us questioning God,
that in turn,
takes us to a place that has us questioning our faith in God.

We hear a diagnosis.
We get "let go" from our job.
We receive divorce papers.
We stand in a cemetery.

Blindsided and knocked off our feet,
we start to wrestle with God about the "why"?

Only sometimes,
most times, in fact,
when it comes to knowing the "why",
God chooses to remain silent.

And this is where the questioning of our faith begins.

It's easy to have faith
when all is as we think it should be.
It's easy to have faith
when life is good,
and it seems God is good, too.

But - what about when the ground crumbles beneath us?

If we are standing on faith in God,
and not faith in our situations and our circumstances,
we will still be able to stand.

This is what faith is -
standing when we don't know what,
standing when we don't know when,
standing when we don't know where,
standing when we don't know how -
because we know WHO.

Everything is our life can change in a heartbeat,
but God never changes.

Faith is faith when we don't have all the answers
and still believe.
Faith is faith when we don't understand the why
and still believe.
Faith is faith when we don't know what, when, where or how
and still believe.

And, this.
Especially this:
Faith is faith even when
we still feel pain,
we still feel anger,
we still feel hurt,
we still feel left wondering why.

Because I think what we sometimes forget is this:
It is possible to have faith
and feel as though you are drowning in a sea of emotions
simultaneously.

Faith can still be there
even in the tears,
even in the heartache,
even in the pain,
even in the struggle.

Don't allow your emotions to convince you
you've lost your faith.

Don't allow your emotions to "mix up"
the losses in your life.

You may have lost your health, but faith still remains.
You may have lost your job, but faith still remains.
You may have lost your spouse, but faith still remains.
You may have lost your loved one, but faith still remains.

This is the very essence of faith in God.

It stays
even when,
in the midst of,
and in spite of.

When our faith is in God,
faith remains
because He remains.









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