All followers of Jesus desire to grow in their faith. We feel if we had more faith, we wouldn’t get so stressed out or worry as much. So, we pray and study; we beg and plead, all the while asking God for more faith. What if we’re focusing on the wrong thing? What if, instead of focusing on our own faith, we focused on the faithfulness of God?
His love and provision are everlasting. They never fail. He never leaves our side and is always going with us, no matter what we may face (Deuteronomy 31:6). I believe if we grasped the faithfulness of God, the need for our own faith would be almost irrelevant. He is already more than we could ever need.
It’s never about what we bring to the table and always about who God is. The faithfulness of God is built into His nature. It is who He is. God is always faithful in the same way He is always loving, and always just. Having Him as an unending source of faithfulness, our own faith matters little. He will be there. He will provide (Matthew 6:31-33). Nothing can or will ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). To say He is faithful is redundant, and the faithfulness of God will make up for any faith you lack.
The problem is that we rely too much on our own ability. We think it is up to us to do the work, even though we often proclaim how helpless we are without God. It’s not our lack of faith that is the problem, it’s our lack of understanding of the faithfulness of God. If we would spend more time abiding in Him, we wouldn’t wonder if we had the faith to trust Him. But we don’t abide; we choose instead to strive. We want peace without recognizing peace is what we find when we rest in Him, not when we work to create it.
The faithfulness of God is a place to which we can retreat. When we abide in Him, He will shelter, protect, and deliver us (Psalm 18:1-2). We do not need more faith to get through whatever we’re going through; we only need to rest in His pre-existing faithfulness. God knows what you need even before you ask Him (Matthew 6:7-8), and He will faithfully respond.
We blame our lack of faith on why we haven’t grown more in Him or taken more chances on His behalf. It’s a shame all the great things that go undone because of our excuse of lacking faith. We are in Christ. Therefore, we lack nothing. All the faith we need is available to us, we simply need to take hold of it. It’s not about us and what we can do, but about Him and what He has already done. There is no mountain too high, no task too daunting. Stop trying so hard and trust in the faithfulness of God. He is available. He is aware. He will see you safely to the other side.