Faith, they say is our clear barometer that we believe in God. In Hebrews 11, it is said that by faith, people from the olden times received their commendation. I often wonder how many of us really know the depths of our faith in Him. The Bible is full of stories of people who have steadfast faith. One of my personal favorites is that of Abraham’s. Throughout his life, he has shown unwavering faith towards God, from the time God called him to move to Canaan to the time God tested him by asking that he offers his son Isaac to be his sacrifice -Abraham undoubtedly obeyed God.
But what about us? Can we, like Abraham obey God with our whole heart? Below are some of the few indicators of an increasing trust in God.
- Learning to trust God’s heart when He is silent. So often, people easily lose faith when God is silent and is not answering prayers. God’s silence might somehow make us feel abandoned but a strengthening faith refuses to give up on God’s promises (Psalm 119:140). On another note, James 1:6, 8 reminds us that “…when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind…Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
- Learning to love people, especially our enemies. Loving people, especially those who can be unlovable at times, might come as an ordeal for any Christian. Although we might think that it is difficult to do so, by having faith, it is possible by God’s grace. When a person hurts us and we consciously decide in our hearts to forgive him/her and not dwell on the hurt, that is a good sign of faith.
- Becoming obedient to the Word of God. Whether we admit this or not, I believe that there are a great amount of commands the Lord has given us that we naturally wouldn’t want to follow, (i.e. loving your enemies, storing up treasures in heaven and not on earth, etc.) We find these things hard to do but with a growing faith in God, we refrain from finding excuses not to obey what he has commanded us to do. We obey because we love Him. (Matthew 16:24-26)
- Growing repentance of our sins. I believe this is one of the greatest marks of a stretching faith. It is a humbling truth for sinners like us that the God of the heavens, in the person of Jesus Christ, has come to earth to die for you and me. (John 3:16)
- Hating sins. Since God is holy, we are called to be holy as well. (1 Peter 1:16)
- When someone else’s salvation matters to us. The great theologian Charles Spurgeon possibly said it best -“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”
- When talking to God is important to us. Do we give our first few minutes of the morning to pray to Him? Do we set a time to spend reading His Word? When we profess faith in God, we are now in a relationship with him. For a relationship to thrive, communication is essential. It is the same towards our Heavenly Father.
- When seeking God’s will is critical to us. When we are faced with a decision, do we wait to hear from God? Most of the time, we so easily make decisions without consulting Him. Sadly, we would rather consult people and not Him, only to end up regretful in the end. We ought to seek His will in whatever we do. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
God is pleased when His child has faith in Him. As we walk with the Lord everyday, He is ever increasing and helping us through because He is the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
I hope this article has encouraged you as much as it encouraged me. I’d like to hear your thoughts as well in the comment box below. Stay blessed brothers and sisters! 🙂