This subject matter is not just for Christians, it cuts across religion, race and culture. Faith is believing or trusting that something will happen either based on promise or personal expectation. It is a serious matter to hope for things and never get to see it done. I mean it’s one of the most disheartening things that can happen to anyone. A good number of people have low or zero strength for disappointment, hence it tells adversely on their health when their Faith is being flushed down like a waste in the toilet.
Bringing this to Christianity, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen“, Hebrews 11:6. This is the most commonly used verse when it comes to faith talk. Going through life and seeing people end up depressed because at a point they feel God was dead. They believe the lie that God doesn’t hear and neither is He ready to help. Thus, they crawl back to their shell screaming Hebrews 11 was total nonsense. Well, I would have thought so too if I didn’t have a better understanding.
It’s not news that “Faith fails”. Maybe I should say, what we call “faith” fails. When it does fail, we do not need to turn our back against the God who made us. We do not need to begin to do things that will make Him distant. The point when faith fails is the time we need to sit and ask the “why” and “how” it failed. To answer that, we might have to precisely establish what faith means beyond believing.
People often have different views on what faith is. But more often than not, people resolve the application of faith when they want the impossible to happen or when they are in urgent need of something. While this may not be totally wrong, it is not healthy. This is because it causes what is known as “victims of faith”. People become victims of faith because they do not obey, they just believe in their head. Forgetting to ask what God says about it.
Looking at the life of the father of faith; Abraham. It was his obedience that made his faith count differently. If people can get this clearly, that the faith that works must be one in alignment with God. This understanding will make our faith work. And should our expectations be cut short, we will know that it’s definitely not the will of God for us at that time.
The world is noisy with many unimaginable things happening. So, it’s a great thing to trust God for every phase as we daily breathe. Nonetheless, we should feed ourselves with the word of God as well as open our spirit to hear from him. Only by this can we be sure we are actually exercising faith. A faith that will work must be because God approves of it. Having understood this, I will mention that even faith in alignment with God sometimes fails. So when it does, what do we do?
Firstly, relax, stay sane and healthy. Don’t start overreacting. Maintain your peace by putting yourself together. Everything is meant to work together for our favour even “when faith fails”. After that, you might want to ask God why? Contrary to popular opinion, there is nothing bad in asking God why? He is our God and Father, in Him is foresight and wisdom, if you do not ask Him, who will you ask? I strongly believe this will help any and every time your faith fail.
Writer: Faith Kehinde