Written by Hope Brakenhoff. Media by Taylor Harpster.
Have you ever felt like God wasn’t walking with you and was leaving you all alone to handle every detail of your life? Almost every person can name a time in his or her life where faith felt stagnant and he or she felt lost and alone. Sometimes it is hard to understand God and it can be even harder to feel Him at times. It isn’t easy to walk a path with God, but we can take comfort in the fact that God says He never left and never will, even when we don’t feel Him with us.
In Joshua 1:5, God tells us that he will be with us as he was with Moses. He says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” God promises to be with us always. He promises to “wipe away our tears” in Revelation 21:4 and to “comfort us” in Psalm 23:4. While God tells us all of these truths in the Bible, sometimes it can be difficult to believe them when we are in a rut or a dark place in our lives.
In the song “Even If” by MercyMe, they talk about losing a battle in life. The song talks about being broken. A key reference the song makes is when it says “they say it only takes a little faith to move a mountain.” Sometimes our faith is not going to be overflowing with undeniable trust. God loves us even when we are struggling with trusting him. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus tells the disciples that if they have faith as small as a mustard seed, they can move mountains. God is capable of building great trust with faith as small as a mustard seed.
Faith is defined in the Bible as believing without seeing in 2 Corinthians 5:7 and “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” in Hebrews 11:1. Faith is how we believe; we believe and have faith in Christ Jesus. This is the core of who we are, even in the times where trusting in Him is difficult. He is still a part of us and is there for us. He is our foundation.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 talks about trusting in God and planting a tree by the water where it can grow and its roots can flow into the stream and remain green even when a drought comes. That foundation is strong, unlike the foundations that are built around man. That foundation will withstand all of the hardships that life will throw at us. Foundations built around man are imperfect and have many faults that will ultimately fail us.
In Matthew chapter 7, Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish builders. The wise builder built his house on a rock while the foolish builder built his house on the sand. The wise builder’s house withstood the storm, but the foolish builder’s house washed away. The wise followed the words of Jesus and the foolish ignored his words. Our foundation is strong in Jesus Christ. We can always believe that, even if we are broken and feel far away because Jesus is here to pick us back up with his love.