As I sat in church this week, our Pastor talked about how Christians now don’t have real faith in God, but have resorted to having faith in faith itself. Faith in faith itself are sentences like “Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers”, the notion that if you pray hard about something you will get the desired outcome (or at least feel better about it), and even some habits and rituals that make us feel like we have faith.
My Pastor summed up faith in God in the following way, ” Faith is looking into the past, dragging it into the present, and seeing God’s goodness”. True faith in God means always remembering God’s faithfulness and God’s movement, even when it is almost impossible to see.
This really hit home with me because I realize I often look back at the past and see my failures instead of God’s goodness. This ultimately is robbing me of true faith in God, because I’m more conscious of my working than God’s doing.
When I take a minute to really look back at God’s faithfulness and drag it into today – I can easily proclaim it all is God’s doing. I never would have imagined I would lead a bible study. I never would have imagined I would be comfortable in church. I never would have imagined that I would be married to a Godly man, or live in a place where I have real community with other believers.
What is surprisingly powerful for me in looking back and seeing God’s goodness is that it enables me to move forward in faith in God and not faith in faith. Instead of moving forward with guilt and pessimism in my ability to carry through, I can move forward with optimism and abandonment to a God who can make everything beautiful (even my mistakes).
I encourage you this week to take a look at God’s faithfulness in your life, and realize that remembering his faithfulness is more important than remembering your faithlessness.