I know several people in my life who are going through some really difficult things. I feel like they may be losing faith. Is there anyone who knows how not to lose faith when things get bad?
Truthfully, I think we all go through hard things and lose faith at one time or another. It’s completely normal. It should be expected every once in a while.
As moms, it is easy to lose faith when we feel out of control and tired. It may seem your circumstances are hopeless because your baby is sick all the time, someone has a learning issue or your kid is acting up in class. It could be your husband is unfaithful, or you have an illness Or that you just don’t get along with your mother-in-law. Whatever it is, life is hard.
We tend to only look at the here and now instead of the big picture of what God is trying to carry out in our lives. It got me to thinking about faith and how easily we lose faith when we feel God has left us. For inspiration, I immediately looked at Hebrews 11. This is the Heroes Hall of Fame for men and women of faith. I think it is odd that some of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 are one hot mess.
But somehow they are listed as the greatest men and women of faith who ever lived. Even though they lost faith along the way, God counted it as righteousness. Not one of their sins is mentioned in this passage. It is as if God never remembered the “other part,” even though the “other part” was pretty bad. (I’m sure God did remember, but he chose to forget.)
7 People Who Were One Hot Mess
These are the 7 people in Hebrews 11 who are mentioned as great men and women of faith but were really one hot mess at some point in the process:
Noah built an Ark, saved his family, and started a new world.
Later in his life, he was drunk and naked in his tent. Ham looked at Noah while he was naked; Noah cursed him.
Abraham left his home and followed God into the desert. This was just the beginning of Abraham’s life of faith. He had Isaac who was a miracle and the fulfillment of a promise. Having great obedience, he put Isaac upon an altar to sacrifice trusting God would save him.
Most importantly, he made a covenant with God regarding the Jewish nation. He was the father of the Jewish nation.
What Hebrews 11 doesn’t mention is that he lost faith in God when Sarah went with him to Egypt. He lied about her being his wife and nearly forced her into adultery with the King.
He lost faith in the promise of a son through Sarah. Tragically, he slept with Hagar producing Ishmael. (We are still dealing with that mess- Israel and Arab hatred)
She had a child, Isaac, even though she was barren and too old. It says, “She believed that God would keep His promise.” (Hebrews 11:11b)
Before she believed, she laughed in disbelief of such a thing occurring. Due to her disbelief, she encouraged her husband, Abraham, to sleep with her handmaiden to produce an heir.
Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, kept them alive in the desert, crossed the Red Sea, and talked with God. He delivered the Ten Commandments, and he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. That’s only part of the story of Moses.
Hebrews 11 doesn’t mention he killed an Egyptian, or that he wanted Aaron to speak for him because he didn’t believe he could speak eloquently enough.
He also struck a rock in anger, disobeying God. Unfortunately, due to his disobedience, he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land.
David, the shepherd boy, was a man after God’s own heart. He was Saul’s servant, he conquered many nations as a great warrior, and one of the greatest kings of Israel who ever lived.
His sins were great, too. He slept with another man’s wife (Bathsheba) in secret. David murdered Uriah to cover up his sin.
Sadly, David was responsible for his son’s death. He killed so many men in battle that he was not allowed to build the temple. Solomon, his son, built it instead.
Samson was a legendary warrior, judge, and leader. He was a man of great strength due to his hair. (Nazarene) He killed many Philistines at his death.
Hebrews 11 doesn’t emphasize or even mention how greatly flawed Samson was for desiring a Philistine woman. Or the horrible deception of Delilah which turned into him losing his hair, his eyes, and his strength.
He killed himself when pulling down the pillars in the Temple of Dagon.
Rahab risked her life by hiding the Israeli spies on her roof and deceived the city officials who were looking for them.
She was a prostitute.
We All Have a Chance at Pleasing God
I figure if these people were one hot mess and pleased God, maybe we all have a chance at pleasing God. The one thing these heroes in the Faith Hall of Fame have in common is they didn’t give up. They kept going even though it was unbearable at times, they had a horrible failure, lost faith, or things seemed impossible.
Somewhere along the way, disbelief turned into belief. Everything is redeemable by God.
Next time you lose faith, remember these heroes in Hebrews 11 who are really flawed, but they still pleased God. In the end, they got back on course and finished what God had for them to do.
Have you lost faith?
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