“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ And the Lord said, ‘If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and be planted in the sea”; and it would obey you.'” (Luke 17:5-6)
George Mueller, a German follower of Christ, when asked about his ability to replace fear with faith, and to trust in God during troubling times in his life, replied, “My faith is the same faith which is found in every believer. It has been increased little by little for the last twenty-six years. Many times when I could have gone insane from worry, I was at peace because my soul believed the truth of God’s promises. God’s Word, together with the whole character of God, as He revealed Himself, settles all questions. His unchangeable love and His infinite wisdom calmed me . . . . It is written, ‘He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’ ”
We all have our own personal fears each day of our lives, and we must choose to either face them or allow ourselves to be conquered by them.
I had been thinking recently about various small fears in my own heart, and the need to overcome them. Then a couple weeks ago I happened to come across an article about fearless birth in a magazine a friend had loaned to me, and it spoke specifically about the necessity of replacing fear with faith: “…eliminating fear is not impossible, for there is something that is much more powerful than the most all-consuming fear: faith.”
This can apply to any fear in one’s life, whether it be as big a thing as child birth or simply being anxious over a test or something else that may be bothering you.
Then one Wednesday recently at our mid-week Bible study, the song leader led the most appropriate song that related to what had been on my mind several days prior, and it was really exactly what I needed to hear, and a prayer that I need to be praying each and every day:
“O For a Faith That Will Not Shrink” (originally entitled, “The Power of Faith”) by William H. Bathurst, 1831 (I believe this song has its own tune, but we sang it to the tune of “I’m Not Ashamed to Own My Lord.”)
O for a faith that will not shrink, / Tho’ pressed by ev’ry foe,
That will not tremble on the brink / Of any earthly woe!
That will not murmur nor complain / Beneath the chastening rod,
But in the hour of grief or pain / Will lean upon its God.
A faith that shines more bright and clear / When tempests rage without;
That when in danger knows no fear, / In darkness knows no doubt.
Lord, give us such a faith as this; / And then whate’er may come,
We’ll taste, e’en here, the hallowed bliss, / Of an eternal home.
We don’t need to have fear. Instead, we need to have faith. It’s a work in progress. And little by little, as George Mueller said, we can work at increasing that faith every day for the rest of our lives.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Have a blessed day!