Faith, I googled ‘define faith’ and meaning number 1, well, it could strike a chord with many. It says, “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” And the sentence example it gave? “this restores one’s faith in politicians”. HA! Given what I’ve been seeing on facebook, I’m sure many will get a quick little snort out of that example. Let’s just say it seems like many in America have falling faith at the moment. What do you think?
Who is it you completely trust or have confidence in? What is it you have complete trust or confidence in? Come on now, give it a little thought. Think. Let’s start with ‘What.’ Your job? Your house? Your car? Do you have faith your car will start tomorrow morning? Have you ever walked out the door, jump in your car, turn the key and … NOTHING! Maybe a little attempt to start, but nada. Falling faith. It blind sides you. Now your whole day is messed up. Plans are changing, people are being contacted, cars are being towed, money is being spent. Yet, just moments before you had complete faith that your car was going to start.
What about the Who? Politicians? Police? Pastors? Parents? Spouses? You spend months and months planning for the “big day.” Many of us stand before family and friends and pledge to be with one another until death does us part. We have complete faith in our lovey dovey sweet cakes listing all the wonderful things we love about them. Promising each other to be together forever and ever and ever. *sound of record scratch* And then one morning, we wake up, and forever has arrived. They don’t meet you with a smiling face anymore. There is just a little less snuggly wugglying. They look at you one day and say, “You aren’t who I thought I married.” Falling faith. Little things start to mount into bigger things. Bigger things become vow breakers. And pretty soon, you’re in divorce court spouting off every miniscule thing either of you have ever done wrong. No one can even think of one good thing sweet cakes has ever done. What happened to all the faith?
Someone or something, I don’t think there is any one or anything on this earth that won’t cause falling faith at some point. I’ve done it, you’ve done, we’ve all done it. Caused a little faith drop in someone else. And man, when it happens to you, it sure does hurt doesn’t it? It feels like you can’t go on. How will I pay for this car? How will I get to work? How can I get my kids from school? Will I ever be able to love again? Will anyone ever love me? Is there anyone out there who won’t hurt me?
Actually, let’s think about it for a moment … is there anyone out there who won’t hurt me? Or maybe the better question is, “Is there anyone or anything out there worthy of me putting my faith in?” Well, guess what, we aren’t the only ones who asked that question. Well, at least we aren’t the only ones that needed the answer.
Let’s look at 2 Chronicles 20. In verse one we see there are problems. There are three ‘ites’ after the ‘ates’. It’s three to one – anyone take those kind of odds. So people are freaking out and run to the king. The king will know what to do, he will take care of us. And here it is, a falling faith moment is coming. What does this king do? He tells them to stop eating! Yep. He says, look I have no idea what to do. I’m going to ask the Lord. He declared prayer and fasting throughout the kingdom. They came from every town in Judah to ask the Lord. Wow! Why can’t we do that? Why can’t we just stop what we are doing, stop eating, stop sleeping, stop everything and just say, ‘Hey God, what do you think about this?’ We run around, talking to this person, that person, and the other person. Posting things to facebook. Asking people what they think. We are those frantic, freaking out people, but even they knew to run to the King. Instead, we let the falling faith take over.
Then Jehoshaphat stood up and started listing things God had done, and ended with, we “will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.” There’s what we really need to do, cry out in our distress and trust He will hear us and save us. Not cry out to other people. What can they really do for us? Probably give us more falling faith. Not saying we don’t seek out good Godly counsel, counselors, mentors, pastors. But do we really need to be in this corner and that corner, talking it up with anyone who will listen? Do we need to be collecting votes to see who wins? There is really only one vote which really matters – God’s. Maybe He will choose to answer through another person, but I think He is quite capable of sending the person to us, don’t you? Wow, this is a tough one, a real tough one. We like to be heard, we like to be comforted, by real flesh and blood people, don’t we?
Then the Spirit of the Lord speaks. We should write these phrases on our walls – including our facebook ones! Where we find ourselves spending time crying the most. He says, ” Do not be afraid or discouraged … the battle is not yours, but God’s.” And, ” You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” Aren’t those just the words we need to hear? But instead we have all these other voices around us, speaking to us, telling us what to do, creating more falling faith. Did you see where it says, ‘take up your positions?” If we are where God wants us to be, where he puts us, if we are in position, then we do not have to move. We just have to stand firm, and watch as he brings us deliverance. Why do we make it so hard? Falling faith.
Skipping down a little bit, we see they begin to sing and worship, praising the Lord. Another thing we tend to run away from when we feel like crying. Honestly, I don’t. I found out a long time ago, when you least feel like praying, when you least feel like praising, when you least feel like being in church service … when you have all that falling faith … it’s exactly what you need to be doing. If you go there, God will meet you there, the Lord will be with you. He will pick you, and put you right back into the position He has for you.
Read the rest of it, they end up with many blessings and fear came on all those around them. Read about it.
The one phrase which stuck out at me was this one, ” Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld.” Have FAITH in the Lord your God.” Have faith in the Lord your God. Our falling faith makes us focus on all the wrong things. It makes us forget we are blood bought by the God of the universe. The very same God who made and created everyone around us. Even if things don’t turn out how we want it to. Even when we don’t get our own way. Even when it seems we are out numbered three to one, if we are in the position he has put us in, we are standing firm, and we have faith in Him, we can’t lose.
Another thing about faith, is it always requires us to have hope in the things unseen. No matter what the situation looks like right now. No matter what we are seeing with our very own eyes. We can’t give up hope in what isn’t seen. We get caught up too much in this physical world around us and trying to achieve what society says we have to achieve. When all we really have to do is achieve what God wants us to achieve. And God is about relationships, especially ours with Him. He just wants us to have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld. YOU will be upheld. Not your agenda, not your way, YOU will be upheld. You know that falling faith? HE will UPHOLD it too!! Come on Lord!