Building a Greater Faith
“For in the time of trouble God shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5 KJV
If anyone ever experienced trials and storms of various types and magnitudes, King David of Israel did. King David sought a Great Faith…I believe this is why so many Christians turn to the Book of Psalms to steady our course when we, too, are engaged in “spiritual warfare” or facing “storms” within our own lives that require a Greater Faith.
The Psalmist, King David, spoke so plainly, earnestly, and honestly as he sought out God’s instructions, defense, and protection against his enemies and the many perils of life. King David’s CIA, FBI, Advisory Board, and Homeland Security were none other than God himself! What Faith! What Greater Faith!
Today, you may be in need of a Greater Faith as you face trials and struggles within your life. Building FAITH is somewhat like building a structure…it typically doesn’t “go up” overnight! There are many phases in construction work….The foundation must first be poured, outer walls erected, outer ceilings built, inner walls, electricity, plumbing, flooring, inner ceilings, doors, windows, cabinetry, and finally the finish touches… A lot of long and hard work! Each phase of construction requiring tedious attention, effort, and time…The same goes with “Building a Greater Faith.” Just as the construction foreman and skilled laborers cannot get impatient with the different phases of constructing an earthly building, Christians need not get impatience with God as He constructs the various phases of our faith! For one day, our faith will stand as a testimony of GREATER FAITH for all the world to see!
Nonetheless, I know, all too well, that we can become quite impatient with ourselves and with God in the process of building our faith into a Greater Faith….At times, it seems that we can take two baby-steps forward then, all of a sudden, we are taking three giant steps backwards!! We want a Greater Faith. We desire a deeper faith, but we want it “overnight!”
Sadly, we have been programmed to have our needs and wants met instantly; at our beckon call…But, God doesn’t work that way. At times, it seems that “building a greater faith” is like bumping our heads against a block wall….Nothing seems to be happening! But, friend, trust me when I say that God is doing a mighty work and He will continue His work all the way through until we reach Heaven! Building a Greater Faith on planet Earth never stops…It never ends…It develops bigger and greater with each passing day, trial, and storm… It is a life-long learning and building process.
One common characteristic found among school teachers is a desire to be “life-long learners.” Building a Greater Faith requires the same mindset….Christians are truly “life-long learners!” And, by faith, God is our Professor, Tutor, Instructor, Teacher, Principal, Counselor, and Guide!!
Just as King David looked and prayed unto God for his instructions, defense, and protection, we, too, can must look unto God for our instructions, protection, and defense…”Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.” (vs.11) All of these experiences coming together to build a GREATER FAITH!
If you are engaged right now in a lenghty process that is Building a Greater Faith, Rejoice my child; Rejoice! “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience…and patience knowledge….(James 1:3 KJV). Building a Great Faith in Jesus is well-worth the wait! Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author