Finding myself more than halfway through a Bible study becomes melancholy experience for me.
There’s lots of preparation for each and every week that takes a chunk of my time. But when I gather with a group of wonderful women who become sisters-in-Christ in the truest since of the word, and we talk about God, it is joy. Plain and simple.
Studying The Armor of God with Priscilla Shirer has been eye-opening to us as we have been awakened to our enemy’s strategies, re-discovering how to fight well, and learning to put into practice what we already knew and what we are learning afresh.
This week’s topic has been the shield of faith, learning that faith is active, moving where God is calling.
I will admit I have had my crises of faith. Those times when I questioned everything I was ever taught in the face of my present reality. Times when what I desperately prayed for didn’t materialize. Times when I wondered if everything I believed was really true.
Often my focus was on me and my faith. Was it enough? Was it strong? Would it be sufficient to accomplish my purpose?
Ms. Shirer made this statement: “Faith is less about me and more about God.”
I am a dull learner sometimes, having to repeat the same lesson again. And this time I want to remember this lesson well.
Faith is about a mighty God, a dependable God, a strong and compassionate God. And let me say it in bold letters, A Faithful God.
When Jesus chided his followers because of their lack of faith, wasn’t it because they were looking at circumstances and themselves rather than looking at Yahweh? The I Am. The Self-existent One. The Everlasting. The Alpha and Omega.
Oh my, when I look at the God of the Bible who accomplished amazing miracles and who died a selfless, humiliating death for my sake and to pay my unpayable debt of sin, I am filled with a strong faith in a strong God.
Faith is not about me. Not about how much or how little I have. Not whether I can talk myself into believing the impossible.
Faith is about a faithful God who can do more than I can imagine or think into reality. When I fix my eyes on Jesus, when I look toward the only Answer in a broken world of questions, when I see Him in the glory of the One and Only who rules and reigns even when all seems in chaos, then and only then am I filled with faith.
When this vision is before me and making itself at home in my heart, I will have an active faith. A faith that can move forward where God is calling to me.
I will hear Him say, “Walk this way.” And I will go with Him.