The problem with faith isn’t faith itself, or that God has somehow failed us. The problem is our idea of faith, and its purpose. We treat faith as if its sole purpose is to accomplish our dreams and desires. This kind of “faith” allows us to set expectations for God, and justifies our feeling betrayed if God doesn’t deliver accordingly.
But this isn’t faith at all.
Faith isn’t about trusting God to accomplish our will, faith is about trusting God to accomplish God’s Will. It is knowing God is with us in every circumstance; and remaining committed to stay the course even when our faith seems to work against (or fail) us.
Faith has no other purpose than to accomplish God’s Will– and God’s Will isn’t about every person having a large ministry, fortune, fame, or even comfort. God’s Will is for all Creation to be united, one heart, one mind, one purpose (Philippians 2:2, Romans 15:6, 1 Corinthians 1:10 & 12:13, 1 Peter 3:8, Ephesians 4:3, Galatians 3:28) in God. God’s Will is for every person to know and have a heart for God, and to use that heart to show unconditional love to others (1 Peter 4:8, 1 Corinthians 13:13), with the sole purpose of leading others into the Light – which is God (1 Peter 3: 15-16, Psalm 96:2-4).
Once we understand (and fully accept) this, we can stop using our faith to get what we want, and begin using it for its intended purpose- to accomplish God that which God intended! This allows us to break the cycle of disappointment and disillusionment with God when things don’t go our way.
Yes, we CAN overcome this cycle!
It is much easier to be “content in all circumstances” (Philippians 4:12) and experience “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) when we trust God to “…give us this day our daily bread…forgive us our sins…lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil…” (Matthew 6:12-13) versus expecting God to fulfill our every whim and desire.
While it is acceptable to seek God for all things (Philippians 4:6), we should never develop a sense of entitlement regarding our faith. Our faith should implore us to seek first the Kingdom of YHVH and THEN all these things (things we want/need) shall be given to us (Matthew 6:33). We’ve gotten it confused. We seek God’s hand first and God’s face last…if at all.
When we have the right understanding of faith, we walk in an abundance of peace; because faith knows, God’s plans always prevail. Those who are rooted and grounded in their faith believe YHVH works all things together for good for those who love and trust YHVH with all their heart (Romans 8:28), and they do not waiver in this.
Your faith isn’t the key to your fancy house or luxury car, it is the key to the Kingdom of YHVH and we should use it accordingly, or not at all.
It’s time that we stop playing religious games and ask ourselves:
Is my faith in God’s Will, or God’s ability to accomplish my will?
I’m not where I should be on this, I still struggle daily with wanting to use my faith to accomplish my will; but, I’ve learned to remind myself faith doesn’t waiver in the face of adversity, it stands and trusts (2 Timothy 1:7, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Ephesians 6:13).
I am committed to standing in my faith. With the help of God’s Holy Spirit, I will do so. I hope you’ll join me in these efforts. The road may be narrow (Matthew 7:13-14), but there’s plenty of room for all of us on the narrow path.
Remember, you are called. You are loved. You are a child of the Most High God, YHVH. Now go, in faith.
Thanks for reading.
– Trista Daniell