There was a time in my life that truly tested my faith. My dad had been hospitalized and the family was told that it would be a miracle if he survived.
The Greek word for faith is pistueo, which also means “believe” and “to have assurance or firm conviction.” At that moment in my life, I had to ask myself if I was going to lay the crisis down at the feet of Jesus and have faith that he would do what was best for our family and for his glory.
I remembered what the late Corrie ten Boom stated, “Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” With that in mind I wrote healing Scriptures on 3x5 cards and taped them all over my dad’s room. At times, I would cry out to God, and ask him to “give me more faith.” As I began to trust in him, my faith continued to get stronger.
As I think about this experience, I remember how God’s sovereignty was in every detail of this difficult time. My faith increased when, while I was speaking Scripture over my dad while he lay in a coma, I felt him ever so slightly squeeze my hand.
How can we have more faith? By applying God’s words and putting our complete hope and trust in him, we can choose to believe in God’s plan. Then our faith grows a little bit stronger. Trusting and believing him with smaller problems can help build our faith for the more difficult trials in life.
Heavenly Father, thank you for helping me to live each day in faith, believing in your promises and applying them to my life. Thank you for helping me with any unbelief and giving me the power to hope for your best. Thank you for increasing my faith and being a God whom I can trust with every detail of my life. Amen.
Go Deeper — Here are some verses on trust. Find two that mean the most to you and either memorize them or write them down to carry in your wallet so when that you begin to doubt, you can be reminded to trust God.
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