“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink”

(Please read Luke 17:5-10)

June 16

Have you ever had days when everything just “clicked” and nothing went wrong, when you were almost bursting with happiness? And wasn’t that a good feeling!

On such a day it’s easy for a Christian to feel that faith has been strengthened and zeal rekindled. But what about the other times – the ordinary days with their mixture of rewards and problems, and the days filled with personal grief or troubles or with news of immorality and crime? How can our faith survive and even grow during such times?

Sometimes we just have to experience the answer. For example, at the passing of a loved one, the Christian can see that the loss would have been so much harder to bear without faith in God and his promises. The sharp difference between our hope and the hopelessness of so many in this secular world will serve to reemphasize God’s goodness, and give us strength.

The same contrast can be drawn in other situations we face in our daily lives, highlighting the grace of God, which is infinitely better than the evil that so often surrounds us. In this way we can have what the writer of “O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink” called “a faith that shines more bright and clear, when tempests rage without.”

If we practice seeing that contrast when a day is tainted by grief or disappointment, we will see the bright side. And it will be as true then as it is on the happiest of days that, as the same poet declared, “We’ll taste e’en here the hallowed bliss of an eternal home.”

 

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