by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday December 9, 2005
Yesterday, we studied the first of three faith stages. Believers should mature past restlessness as their usual response to trials; however, we may find ourselves going through one or all of these levels when faced with a new or particularly difficult challenge. Still, consistent spiritual growth should lead us to the next two faith stages.
Reaching faith is characterized by focus upon the Lord rather than upon obstacles or feelings. Instead of battling through nagging doubts, this Christian asserts, “I know He can, and I know He will.” Reaching faith is evident in a life that revolves around God: waiting for a prayer answer is okay because the believer trusts that His Father is faithful to do what He says. In the midst of frailties, failures, and sin, a heavenward heart is cultivated by means of Scripture meditation and prayer. And God honors a heart tuned to Him.
The Christian life is exciting when we reach this stage. It becomes an adventure — a chance to see what God will do next and how He will work out a situation. If you take this lesson to heart, you will look at what has been weighing on your mind and start to pray differently: “God, here’s my problem, but I’m focusing on Your sovereignty and Your promises from now on.” That kind of thinking, practiced consistently, can lead to what I call perfect faith, or resting faith.
Resting faith does not bother with “can” and “will”; a believer who is resting confidently in the Lord says, “It’s done.” With mature faith, a believer can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).