The Foundation of Unwavering Faith
By Dr. Charles Stanley
Discouragement and fragmented thinking often accompany troubled times. But we do not have to give in to thoughts that God might have forsaken us.
A simple but profound scriptural truth provides the foundation for unwavering faith: When someone places trust in Christ as his or her personal Savior, Jesus intends to build a strong relationship with that person. The Lord plans a spiritual connection that will be intimate and permanent. That is why He promised, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). No matter how we may feel, God is with us.
As great a promise as Jesus’ uninterrupted presence is, we have yet another foundational truth on which to rely. We can fully trust His pledge to be with us always because we have also been assured that: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (v. 8).
If we think that the Lord has suddenly abandoned us when difficulties arise, then our faith foundation is cracked; we will have trouble trusting anything He says if we believe He is not keeping His Word. The reality is that we are the ones wavering, usually because our circumstances seem so dire. But Jesus and His promises have not changed—He is present, providing for needs, and working good out of all situations every second of our lives. What other friend can we say always remains steady by our side?
Learning from God’s Word and looking at His work in our life, we can see His consistency for ourselves. Then we can build unwavering faith on the truth that Jesus is the same forever.
Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.
Whatever we become and achieve in life is determined by our ability to trust God. However, it is only when we believe in Jesus Christ and are confident that God will do as He promised that our lives can be transformed. (Watch In the School of Faith, Part 4: Wavering Faith now.)