How we define faith matters.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1
This verse tells us that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.
Faith is such an important piece for the Christian. Faith is something you cannot purchase or sell and it is something we cannot give to anyone else.
Faith is defined as trust, devotion, or belief in someone or something that one is unable to prove. It also refers to faith as “belief and devotion toward God.”
And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
Scripturally, faith is believing in the one, true God without seeing Him.
What can I do to maintain faith during crisis?
Regardless of whether you are in a crisis or not, you should maintain your confidence in God. We won’t have the resources or the depth needed to maintain our faith well if we wait until a crisis arises.
Every day develop a deeper trust in God’s power and love. Establish practices of communion with Christ every day to ensure a steady spiritual growth. As you grow, your roots will be firmly implanted in grace so that when crisis hits, you will be able to withstand it. If you cultivate resilience when crisis strikes, you won’t be as frail as so many Christians seem to be.
Oftentimes we get lulled into spiritual indifference when we are in good times as if faith will just take care of itself when things go wrong, which is simply not true. Consequently, many Christians shook their fists in God’s face during a crisis rather than casting themselves on Him with the deep and quiet confidence that he is sovereign, loving, and caring in good times as well as in bad.
It is vital that we become familiar with the biblical picture of a God who is sovereign over good and evil so that we won’t lose confidence in him regardless of what happens.
Trusting in a God who controls everything gives us so much peace when trouble comes when challenges arise. But one misconception that we see many struggle with is that they think God causes trouble, trials or challenges but that is not true.
A God who is in control does not necessarily mean to be the cause of bad things, the root of all evil comes from our choices to sin, it affects us but also the people around us and what God does is, He allows certain things to happen because we can learn from them and lean more on Him which is honestly what is best for us because He is literally God and He is the only one who can restore and redeem us.
He is the one who establishes a kingdom of goodness where evil does not reign supreme, He is the one who does the sacrifice so we could be free, Goodness is all His doing and there is nothing we can do to earn that, that is why He gives it to us for free.
So pray, pray in times of trouble, regardless of whether it is a pandemic, a stumped toe, a headache, God is listening and He knows our hardships, He knows our desires and He will go the distance to ensure that we are safe, that we will be okay.
In times of trouble, it might feel like He is far away, but He remains close, he never leaves our side. Praise God in times of peace but also in times of trouble and He will reward you. He is faithful to His promises, He is just and He will return.