Are you throwing in the towel on God? Wanting to have an unwavering faith?
It breaks my heart when people post that their faith is wavering, because God didn’t answer their prayers, didn’t heal, and didn’t come through the way they wanted.
And even worse when people say it wasn’t God’s intentions, not in his plan for death and brokenness? Like the devil has control? Did you know that the enemy can not move without God’s permission?
Life is hard! I remember crying the painful tears of heartbreak and agony; asking God why things weren’t changing, why He didn’t stop the affairs. Single motherhood looked scary.
Let’s look at what unwavering faith means.
Wavering means to become weaker, faltering, undecided between two options. When we have it set in our minds that God should do something and when he doesn’t come through for us like we expect our faith can waver. But who are we to put expectations on our Heavenly Father?
Does the coffee table bark at the carpenter that it is unhappy it’s not a kitchen table? No!
The definition of Unwavering is steady, steadfast, resolute, unwavering. Continuing in a strong and steady way. Firm. Unshakable.
How Do You Have Unwavering Faith?
I understand that thought process, a wavering faith, because several years ago I was there. Brink of exhaustion, doing everything I knew to do plus some. Like walking in a deep fog I couldn’t find my way out of.
Faith In Scriptures
I remember the day it shifted. My thought process. I had spent hours crying before God, Bible open, its gentle pages crinkling under the weight of my tears. I was so done with the years of pain, the betrayal, affairs and I did not understand why God wasn’t fixing this.
After all I was doing everything I was supposed to. Everything I was told to do I did it. Bending over backwards in hopes of a restoration. Yet it didn’t come. It only got worse. Much worse!
I remember my thoughts started to flood with negative thoughts like… I must not mean much to God because if he cared how could he allow this betrayal to last all these years, this was just my life now – my cross to bear, my punishment for something I did but can’t remember what grave sin I committed. I lost hope. I felt unloved, overlooked by my creator and was broken. I was exhausted.
I slowly started reading and studying God’s word. I was still exhaustedly heartbroken, but I kept this appointment a top priority. The Bible tells us that faith comes by the word of God. I knew if I was going to make it, I needed God’s help.
What is faith according to the Bible?
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This passage concerning the function of faith in relation to the covenant of God is often used as a definition of faith.Hebrews 11:1:
Bible Scriptures About Faith
God showed up!
Over the course of the next few weeks, in my prayer and bible reading time, he’d pop up bible verses in my head or I’d wake up with a bible verse in my head. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. So I’d look them up and every one of them spoke of his love for me, healing me, protecting me or comforting me!
What Does The Bible Say About Unwavering Faith
God gave me Bible verses to help my faith to be unwavering in Him. Faith building Bible verses like …
The LORD within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.Zephaniah 3:5
I loved how this verse reminds that God is righteous, just and doesn’t fail. He may not work in our time frame but we can trust that in the end it will all work out.
Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.Isaiah 66:2
This verse lets us know that God will look to us with favor when we are humble, contrite in spirit and tremble at His word. Are you those things? I want to carry these beautiful traits. How about you?
How to have Unwavering Faith
God showed up!
In every way he showed up, not because I deserved it because I don’t but he still showed up.
He didn’t have to show up but he did!
He loved me through His word.
Every bill has been paid, some at the very last second of being due (eekk) but he showed up. I don’t have much but I’m content: I’ve learned to be content with much less. He has a roof over my head, food in the fridge, bills paid, and has replaced my brokenness with His love and joy.
I didn’t get the outcome, the restoration, I had diligently prayed and fasted for all those years and that’s okay because God has other plans for my life.
I share this in hopes to encourage your heart when walking through the fire.
Even when it hurts God is still good. When you don’t want to take on another day, ask God to join you. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s Christ!
When you don’t get what you want, know God has a plan in this pain and it’s not for nothing! It holds eternal glory and reward for you in Heaven.
For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.2 Corinthians 4:17
Any suffering we may be called to endure while here on earth isn’t comparable to the glory we will see in heaven! Let’s work on changing our perspective as we study God’s word on suffering.
My faith tells me I don’t need to figure out anything – I just need to surrender what I can’t see.The Bridge Maker
How do you Keep Your Faith Strong?
Give yourself permission to grieve any loss you may be experiencing and seek after Christ (and possibly counseling) for healing but also give yourself permission to stop grieving and move forward in God’s loving plan for your life. Job, David, Habakuk all have great examples of grieving/lamenting prayers to God.
When I start to feel stuck in my faith or life I use these 3 steps, STOP-LOOK-LISTEN…
Stop -Stop in the chaos and took a hard look at my heart, thought process and actions. Have I missed time with God for more than a day or more?
Look – Look to God in prayer. Pray for His peace, direction, and help as you walk through whatever life is throwing at you in this moment.
Listen – Listen to God for His direction and play the next step you should take that will honor God and your relation with Him.
4 Scriptures About Faith
* Be patient with the process. Galatians 6:9
* Focus on positive thoughts and looking on the bright side. Philippians 4:8
* Make time with God in prayer and Bible reading a top priority. James 4:8
* Ask Holy Spirit to guide you. He will lead you in a prayer of lament. He will open up your heart to God. John 16:13
Unwavering Faith means that you trust God with your life more than you trust yourself. It means that you trust his timing even when you’re running out of patience. It means that you trust his decisions even if you don’t like the outcome.
Increasing Your Faith
Here are more articles to help you build unwavering faith.
Feelings are not facts. – Don’t believe everything you feel. Don’t base every decision you make based on feeling alone. Feelings are not always facts.
Bible Verses on our Identity in Christ – Spend an entire month reading and writing out Bible Verses on your Identity in Christ.
Benefits of Waiting on God – Waiting on God, in true surrender, doesn’t come naturally to us. Perhaps that’s God’s purpose, the mountain we must climb. There are benefits as we wait on God for direction, the next step in this journey, a healing, that financial break-through, for the family or friend we are praying for.
Worshipping God in Hard Times – I think we all wait for the Lord to move. It’s not the wait that matters; it’s what you do while you wait. Do you grumble and complain while you wallow like little piggies in the muck? Do you search for the quickest way out? Do you lift your praise just going through the motions because it is the right thing to do?
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