Tuesday, August 27, 2013

More Thoughts on Faith

In difficult times, does your faith grow weaker or stronger?  For many of us, the challenges of life make us doubt God’s power and love.  We wonder where God is and why God isn’t helping us.  We grow hopeless thinking that there is no help out there.

For others, the challenges of life increase our belief in the divine.  We trust that God is on our side and know that, in time, our situations will get better.  It is our faith that gives us the strength to get up each morning and to persevere.

To me its obvious that having faith leads to greater happiness, but I often wonder why some people have it while others do not.  I’m not referring to people who don’t want faith.  They rely on themselves.  I’m talking about the people who wish they could believe in tough times, but no matter how hard they try, they just don’t believe anymore.

Disappointment can lead to disillusionment, and disillusionment can lead to depression.  That’s one way to see it.  But there is another way.  Disappointment can lead to a belief that there is something better for you and that God is just steering you in a new direction.  In this case, disappointment actually leads to hope, and hope can lead to inspiration.  It can energize you.

For all of you struggling out there, try seeing your failures, your challenges, your trials as opportunities, not only to grow, but to live into a better life.  God hasn’t gone anywhere.  God is still loving you and supporting you just like when things were going your way.  As it is written, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).