Where we place our faith is just as important as having faith. We can easily have faith, in people and in things. Yet we expect them to do something or us in some capacity. We ask them to fill some void that has been missing in our lives. When they don’t follow through, we get disappointed. This is a granted feeling to have right?? We all have the right to be disappointed sometimes when people fail us. But that’s the thing: people fail. People are not perfect in the way God is yet we expect them to be. Yes, we are made in his image, but looking at most people in the Bible we have fallen short. We are not perfect, and we needed Jesus to die for us. However, this gracious and merciful act does not excuse us from staying in sin or being strong on our own.
When it comes to placing our faith, it’s all about location. Wherever we place our faith means we will only have access to those resources. Depending on where our faith lies, we can either have an abundance of resources or a limited amount. When it comes to people and material objects, we only have access to what they give us. They can choose to give us a little or a lot. Even when it feels sufficient, it will run out and we will be left finding more people and objects to cling to. It keeps us from looking to God who has an abundance and will give us the strength we need. But he will only do so when we seek him, not the other way around. God is always with us and seeking after us, but we must allow ourselves to leave our current location to create a solid foundation.
"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
When thinking about how to build your strength in Christ I immediately think about Peter. I haven’t read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) as much as I have read Job, but Peter’s faith nearly jumps off the pages when you read about him. Peter was a ride or die for Jesus. He was considered one of his closest and most loyal followers. When Jesus told him to come out on the water, he was the only one who did.
Peter truly loved Jesus yet denied him three times and Jesus knew. He would What Peter failed to understand at the time is that even a human-like himself can fail. That’s why we can’t fully rely on ourselves because we can even let ourselves down. We can even try to place faith in ourselves and our abilities, but we can let ourselves down.
“So Abraham called the name of that place ‘The Lord will provide’; it is said to this day ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’" Genesis 22:14
When you place your faith in things you will never be satisfied. You will always feel like something is lacking or something isn’t enough. The beautiful thing about placing your faith in God is that he is literally always enough. One of his names Jehovah Jireh means the all providing one or more than enough. So why is it so hard to see him that way?? Because we allow people to control our lives rather than God. We need to have faith in God. His location will be plentiful. His love will never run out. He will always be there we just have to allow him to be there. When we do this, watch God take up space in your heart and give you the strength you never thought you had access to before.