“They are fine. They have deep faith.”
My older brother spoke these words in response to my question, “How do you think Mom and Dad are doing?”
Ever since Garry said that, I have been asking myself a question –
Deep Faith – what is deep faith?
It is more than hope.
It is more than a reasoned sense.
It is knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that GOD IS FAITHFUL.
No matter what happens, no matter how I feel, God is faithful.
As my “tween” grandchildren would say – “God’s got this.”
My 91-year-old father has been in the hospital and we are waiting for results from a myriad of tests. In the mean time, we must have deep faith. No matter what the results, God is faithful.
God is faithful to my dad who is weak and doesn’t like being in bed, poked and prodded.
God is faithful to my mother who is watching her mate of 68 years struggle.
God is faithful to my brothers and me as we watch the rock of our family seeming to fade.
Deep faith is based on the immovable, unchangeable, irrefutable fact that God is faithful. God will fulfill His purposes and His word assures us it is for our good. God is love.
Shallow faith is subject to the circumstances around us. Just like a shallow rooted plant, shallow faith
- dries up when it is not watered
- it is easily uprooted and destroyed
- it can wither from being crowded out
- it’s existence is based on outside conditions
Hebrews 11:1-3 (NIV)
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
The kind of faith that stands firm no matter the circumstances.
May we have this deep faith in our loving, heavenly Father.