Why Is It So Easy to Hide a Floundering Faith?
Like a fish flopping around in shallow water, my faith floundered for years. I told people at times, but it seemed like no one knew what to do or that it wasn’t that big of a deal.
I looked like a Christian, acted like a Christian, and knew the lingo. I kept going to church. Either those I told soon forgot that my faith was floundering. Or, they said, “It happens to all of us. It’ll stop in a bit,” and that was that.
That’s why it was so easy to hide (whether intentionally or unintentionally) a floundering faith.
We seem to make faith about quiet times, praying a certain way, serving the church, and well all that doing stuff. You know: “Just look at her and how she is always here to work in the nursery. She’s so faithful.”
God, on the other hand, has a different idea about faith:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
Hebrews 11, or the “Hall of Faith,” goes on to share wonderful stories of steadfast endurance. Sure there are lots of things those people did by faith. Abel offered a greater sacrifice. Rahab welcomed the spies.
But note that it is BY FAITH. Their actions did not prove they were faithful. Instead, their faith inspired their actions.
Also, note that their actions were not always the thing to do to look “faithful.” A lot of times their actions made them look downright crazy. Noah built an ark. Abraham offered his only son as a sacrifice. Many held onto faith and were martyred.
They weren’t playing some church game that said, “Oh yes, look at her faith.” People probably said, “Hey, look at that nut.”
They knew what they hoped for and were convinced of what they could not see. God is real. There is more to this life than what is right here. I will live for the eternal, not the temporal.
The people who helped reinspire my faith? They sat down and prayed with me. Met with me to pray, even just once, for a couple of hours just praying about me.
They encouraged me in my gifts and in how God was using me. I couldn’t see anything I was doing or the impact I might have. They said, I like what you just said. God used that in my life.
They also shared their faith stories with me. Maybe it was their salvation story, but more often, it was how they were risking today for God. Usually that risk involved evangelism.
We don’t like to share our faith. It’s perhaps the riskiest thing we can do, but let’s admit the risk is so small in so many places in the world where this is being read (and so big in so many others). When I saw those people going out and risking, I got to also see God answering their prayers. I was reminded that faith is something to be shared with others. Want faith? Take a risk.
Is your faith floundering? Do you know someone’s whose is? Pray, and just focus on that. Talk about the faith wounds that are tripping you up. Meet it head on. Take a faith risk to get an injection of God, or surround yourself with those who are.
Otherwise, you may be in the shallow end for years gasping for breath as I was. Don’t hide your floundering faith. Keep shouting it out. Those who can handle it will be your allies, and you need allies. Tell us. That’s why gracewalking is here.