The Most Difficult Part About Faith

Some statements are obvious—too obvious.  We should have a list hanging on a break room wall somewhere of phrases that aren’t permitted because they’re a waste of time. For example:

No one needs to tell us “there is no I in team.” We know how to spell.

When my plate of fajitas is sizzling and smoking like an Icelandic volcano, you don’t have to tell me “the plate is hot.” I assumed that.

It’s never necessary to report, “Lindsay Lohan is back in jail.” Sadly, this is not news.

So when I tell you “faith isn’t easy,” you’re not enlightened.  It’s common knowledge—add it to the list.  But let me interject one question: what kind of faith are we talking about, initial faith or sustained faith?  Because initial faith is easier than you think.

Anyone can have a dream.  Anyone can cast a vision.  Anyone can pray loudly the first time, believe passionately for a season, run quickly out of the blocks.  That’s initial faith, and it isn’t that hard.

Sustained faith is the true test.

Can you believe when the dream dies?  Can you keep praying when you’re met with silence? Can you cast vision again and again? Can you run when you’re tired?

You see, sustained faith isn’t loud or easy; it’s just consistent.  Sustained faith is about showing up, and then showing up again, and then showing up again.  It is knowing even when it’s impossible to know.  It is about hope and dependence and trust.

That is sustained faith.  And it’s the truest kind of faith.

If you’ve been praying for a while now, don’t give up.  If you’ve been running for longer than you thought you could, don’t give up.  If you’ve been believing even when others stopped, don’t give up.

Your faith is real, and so is God. He sees you. He loves you. He’s closer than you think.

About Bryan Roberts

A former church planter and lead pastor, Bryan currently works as a writer, helping ministries communicate the Gospel. His passions are his family, writing, communicating grace, building the local church, and the Texas Rangers. He is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute, a veteran of fifteen years in full-time ministry, and a volunteer at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Bryan and his wife, Heather, have two children (Michael and Sydney) who they insist will one day change the world.
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