Afraid Your Faith Is Too Weak?
Read: Romans 7:18-25
“A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench.” Isaiah 42:3
Are you afraid that your faith is too weak? Afraid that God could not possibly accept a faith such as yours…so weak, so wavering, so full of doubting and misgivings?
Then dismiss your fears. God’s salvation is not dependent upon the quality of the faith that receives it. A million dollar check is worth a million dollars whether it is held in the uncertain hand of a child, in the wavering hand of an invalid, or in the strong, firm grasp of a robust and healthy person.
We are not saved because our faith is strong, nor are we lost because our faith is weak. Else we would never know if our faith is strong enough, if we believed deeply enough, or if we trusted firmly enough. No, we are saved because God in His mercy chose us to be His own; we are saved because God in His mercy gave His only begotten Son into death to redeem us.
Upon that fact, and upon that fact alone, we rely. Not upon the strength or weaknesses of our faith. We ask not, How strong us my faith, but how great is God’s love? Not, How strong is my faith, but how great is God’s redemption? God’s love and Christ’s redemption are enough and strong enough to save to the uttermost even those of weakest faith.
In the text above Isaiah assures us, “A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not quench.” Or more plainly: a bruised stem He will not break off but will rather support and strengthen it; a flickering, sputtering lamp He will not put out but will rather nurse it back to a full-flame. The prophet is speaking of the coming Savior who in His mercy will keep even the faintest faith alive.
We can get rid of all doubts and misgivings. We can thank God that in His mercy He has assured us that even a weak faith saves.
We can pray the fervent prayer of the man in the Gospel who prayed “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.” St. Mark 9:24
How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.