It’s easy to say you have faith, but it’s hard to actually exercise that faith when you face a hardship. Think back on a time when you experienced something difficult. What was your immediate response? Did you try coming up with ways to fix the problem? Did you start worrying and stressing about how you are going to fix the problem? Did you think ahead to what might happen if the problem wasn’t resolved or if it didn’t just go away? Did you pray?
I think most of us would agree that our very first instinct when facing a challenging time, isn’t to pray. It should be, but most of us want to fix things ourselves. It’s almost like we are ashamed to go to God or that we feel like our problems are too small for God.
I forget where I heard it from, but I remember someone saying “Our hope can’t be built on the constantly changing strength of our faith because that’s going to come and go. It has to be built on the eternal strength of the object of our faith, Jesus himself!” I love this!
When you’re struggling sometimes it’s hard to see past the struggle, and to have the hope that things will get better soon. Especially if you are depending on your strength. That’s why having a relationship with Jesus Christ is so important. As Christians we have hope given to us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Things of this world are temporary, and so are the problems we face. We need to solidify our hope in Jesus Christ so that we can live our lives here on earth with a faith that witnesses to others and draws them closer to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the source of eternal strength!
I pray that as you experiences things in your life that might test your faith, that you can recall John 3:16 and feel the eternal strength that you get from knowing Jesus Christ. God loves you!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”