Oceans “Where faith may fail.”

I sang myself to sleep in the operating room to one of my favorite songs, “Oceans, Where Feet May Fail.” Sadly, every other captive ear in the operating room had to listen to it as they prepped me for one of my four spinal fusions. Maybe I should issue the hospital an apology. It’s a song that I’ve taken to heart and is special to me. One of the writers of this song, Hillsong United worship leader Marty Sampson; renounced his faith this year. https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2019/august/im-genuinely-losing-my-faith-hillsong-worship-leader-rejects-christian-beliefs

I read a book as a teen called, “I kissed Dating Goodbye.” It was by Joshua Harris, who also renounced his faith this year. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/29/joshua-harris-i-kissed-dating-goodbye-i-am-not-christian/1857934001/ Am I shocked? No. Why? Because these are just human beings. They like the rest of us struggle. We have been warned that this would happen.

Luke 21: 25 – 28

25. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26. Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

27. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Mens hearts will fail them for fear. Hold tight, it isn’t over yet.

I feel sadness over this and pretty much everyone who releases their faith. It’s not like we as Christians don’t question our faith. I have. The truth is, I just make a choice to keep holding on and somehow trust that God is still there despite my struggles. Over time, He has proved to me over and over that He is. He is aware of me, has a plan and a promise.

Isaiah 41:10

 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I willstrengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Why does this happen? Why do people change their mind? Jesus explains it in this parable.

Mark 4:15 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14. The sower soweth the word. 15. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. 18. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

The struggle to cling to faith is not new. Jesus prayed for the faith of his apostle Simon Peter.  This was a man who walked with him for years and witnessed miracles before his very eyes. It didn’t stop him from stumbling in grievous trial and denying knowing Christ. 

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Peter faced faltering faith and made a decision to review his life and what he knew to be true. Because of his testimonies and experiences with Christ, he chose to cling to his faith even in death. Questioning our faith, causes us to analyze our own beliefs and that can be a very healthy thing. It becomes unhealthy when our discouragement blinds us to the blessings God has already done for us, and only brings to mind what He hasn’t. That is where it gets dangerous; when we base our belief in God on whether He is doing what we think He should. On the flip side, if we stake our faith down deep and trust God even when all we see is ruin; Our faith can even carry us faithfully through death. It is the key to life everlasting.

Psalms 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: forthou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

While the storms rage, while I suffer pain, while I suffer loss; I remember that God is faithful. My struggle is not whether He is faithful, it’s whether I am faithful to Him. I can always count on God. Can He always count on me? That’s a decision only I can make. I pray Jesus will also pray for me that my faith would never fail me. I know He makes intercession for me and also for you. While one of those who wrote this song about faith being tried, is currently drowning; my head is still above water by the grace of God. I hope that while his feet and faith may fail; that He will recognize that God’s faithfulness won’t and he can reach for Him at any time. I love you each and I pray we all hold tight to Jesus. Huge hugs my friends.

1st Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

 


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