Part 4 of 4: Peace Comes from true FAITH
Habakkuk 3:18 When all is lost, and all is hopeless, I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the LORD, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.
The deer hops with a graceful ease along the mountaintops, with elegance, high above the toils and struggles of the earth below. So too shall we rise above the endless turmoil, navigating rocky times with graceful elegance, when we place our trust in the LORD, and rest on the hope assured by faith in Christ Jesus.
Hope comes from true faith in the promises of the LORD. Peace comes from the confidence spawned in eternal hope. If you’re reading this blog you probably already have some measure of belief in God. The question we should be asking ourselves is: when we are truly honest, do we have the kind of faith that can bring peace to our souls – the kind of peace that comes from believing beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a God in Heaven who has us in the palm of His hand? Each post in this four part series hinges on the genuine belief that God is the real, sovereign, all powerful Heavenly keeper of the promises of the Bible. In the moments when we doubt that God is any of those things, our peace can quickly become unhinged.
“Temptation is a false promise–a promise that doesn’t deliver. The sin to be ultimately expelled is our lack of trust, our unbelief.” – Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor and grandson of Billy Graham
The biggest temptation we face in this world is the temptation to doubt the LORD. Sadly, our lack of peace is the direct biproduct of this very doubt. Our salvation and protection lies with the LORD, and hope begins to wain when we start questioning wether the LORD truly directs our steps and has His hand on our lives. (Psalm 37:23). When we have doubts in the LORD, in His existence, in His promises, or in His abilities, the foundation of our reassuarance is fractured. When our trust in God is diminished, our peace also quickly fades. This is where the devil slips his foot in the door. Every person has moments of doubt, and every person has questions. The Bible does not shy away from questions, but rather invites and encourages the inquiring mind. The Bible beckons us to vigorously seek answers within its pages. “Seek and you shall find” (Matthew 7:7). The more questions we ask and the more answers we seek, the more answers we will find and the less we will doubt.
Jeremaiah 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
We must take an honest assessment of ourselves. Do we trust God with every ounce of our being? Are we truly searching for God with all our hearts? When we trust that God will be our defender and deliverer we find He is the rock under which we are sheltered when the storms of life come.
Matthew 8:26 And (Jesus) said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Four times in the gospel of Matthew Jesus says, “O ye of little faith!” In each reference He goes on to assure us that a strong faith is the remedy for all things. Jesus tells us that with a proper amount of faith we need not worry about whether we will be provided for and clothed (Matthew 6:30), we need not be fearful of our circumstances (Matthew 8:26), we need not doubt (Matthew 14:31), and we need not worry about whether we will eat (Matthew 16:8). In Matthew 17:20 Jesus tells His disciples that it is by lack of faith that they fail, but with faith as small as a mustard seed, “nothing will be impossible for you.” By faith we come to truly trust God’s plan, we align ourselves with God’s will, and we understand how God uses the circumstances of our lives for His glory. True faith is not just belief but trust. True faith brings about the peace that surpasses all understanding.
” A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, a great faith will bring heaven to your soul” – C.H. Spurgeon