“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV).
Lately in our youth Sunday school class we have been learning about what it means to have authentic faith. Authentic faith is a faith that is rooted and strong. It does not depend on circumstances or feelings to be real.
Many people have what is called a shallow faith. This kind of faith is rooted in convenience instead of conviction. Think about it. Many people say they “used to believe” are simply people who didn’t count the cost and have given up on their faith. All it took was a little inconvenience to keep them from following Jesus. Others have a circumstantial faith. This kind of faith is based on what’s going on around them, instead of on who God is. This kind of faith can be summarized in this way: What’s happening now and how I’m feeling now, determine what I believe now.
When desiring to have an authentic faith, here is something to remember…
God’s faithfulness and character are never defined by circumstances.
Many Christians make the mistake of looking to what’s happening around them to define God, or basing what they believe on how they’re feeling. Instead, we must look to God to define our circumstances and speak truth to our emotions.
No matter how spiritual, or how strong your faith is, you will face difficult times. All of us will have days when we feel at our worst. These are the moments where we must choose to look at the truth of the situation and not the circumstances.
Jesus is always the truth of every situation.
Because He died for us we don’t need to doubt His love… even when times are hard.
Because He has promised to come back for us, we know He has our best interests in the mind…even when things don’t make sense.
Authentic faith is not promise for easy times and warm fuzzy feelings. Authentic faith is a promise that God does not change and His love for you is unfailing. What ever it is you are facing today, know that though things may feel shaky, your faith is rooted in an unshakable God.
~PASTOR SUSAN B.