Elusive Faith

13 Sep

Wow! I am not sure those two words belong together. Something that is elusive is hard to find or hard to grasp. And while sometimes we feel VERY faithful, perhaps at times our faith wanes. We become more human and forget the divine.

Images of elusive faith might be summed up this way:

“Why Me?”

“How could this happen?”

“God, are you there?”

How will I handle this?”

“What am I supposed to do?”

I have been there. I have felt those feelings and have probably said similar words. I wonder if that is a disappointment to God when I utter such thoughts. Of course God recognizes my humanness, bit still I wonder if God wishes I were relying on him more instead of crying out, “Oh, woe is me.”

God’s promises are true. God is a faithful presence even when we slip up in our own faithfulness.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be
Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me
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If those words are familiar to you, it is because that remarkable hymn penned by Thomas O. Chisolm in the early 1900s shows up in many hymnals regardless of the denomination because it speaks of a strong unwavering shoulder to lean on for care, wisdom and strength. Perhaps for some of you, just reading the words puts the tune in your mind and some peace in your heart.

May it be so!

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