It’s easy to lose faith in God when prayers are not answered, the outcome is horrible, or the big opportunity got away.

Perhaps you don’t feel God loves you or cares about your situation. Maybe you think you are too far gone, or He doesn’t even exist.

I have vacillated with all of these emotions. I have also fouled up situations, thinking they could never be redeemed. (Check out my book about my family estrangement.)

But if we are true believers, the Holy Spirit will eventually call us to put away our doubts and ask us to trust Him even if we temporarily lose faith in God.

In this post, you will see how great men and women lose faith in God too. They falter and sin, but eventually, they trust God once it seems too late. In His lovingkindness, He steps and redeems what seems a lost cause.

What Does It Mean to Lose Faith in God?

To “lose faith in  God” means someone no longer believes in God’s power or the existence of God. This could be due to the lack of evidence they see at the time, personal experiences, or a shift in one’s understanding of the world.

It could also refer to a period of doubt and questioning in one’s spiritual beliefs or God Himself.

Whatever the circumstance, losing faith means struggling with some aspect of God’s character and power.

What Happens If You Lose Faith in God?

If you have lost faith in God, you are not alone.

Many others before you have felt the same way. Before you shut down and give up hope, I suggest you look at Hebrews 11 in the Bible and see what happened to others who also lost their faith.

You see, Hebrews 11 is the hero’s “Hall of Faith” for the most extraordinary men and women of the Bible.

Oddly, not one of their sins is mentioned in this passage, nor that they did lose faith in God at one time or another. 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.

When you lose faith in God, it doesn’t have to be forever; it is never too late to turn it around, just like the greatest people in the Bible.

Check out these inspirational stories, learn how to turn around a difficult situation, and not lose faith in God even when it looks terrible at the time.

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What To Do When You Lose Faith In God

Check out these seven people in Hebrews 11 who lost faith in God and see what they did to restore it.

These people denied God, disobeyed Him, laughed at God, and even committed murder, yet they turned it around with God’s help. If He can do it for them (and call them heroes), He can do it for you.

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Don’t believe me? Read the seven stories to see why you should not lose faith in God.

1. Noah

Noah was a righteous man. He built an Ark, saved his family, and started a new world. Noah faithfully trusted God while building the ark, walking into it, and living in it during and after the flood. He is the father of all nations.

Hebrews 11 forgot to mention this…Later in life, Noah was drunk and naked in his tent. Ham came in and looked at Noah while he was naked. Then Ham went to his brothers and made fun of his father. 

Noah cursed Ham. 

We don’t fully understand the cultural ramifications of this, but we do know whatever happened in that tent, it was terrible enough for Noah to curse a whole bloodline. Did Noah lose faith in God? I am not sure. But if Noah weren’t drunk and naked, this would have never happened.  

2. Abraham

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 God’s promise to Abraham. Being very obedient, Abraham put Isaac on an altar to sacrifice, trusting God would save him. And God did.

Most of all, Abraham was the father of the Jewish nation. He is one of the greatest heroes of our faith.

Hebrews 11 doesn’t mention that he did lose 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.

And he did lose faith in God when he was promised a son through Sarah. Tragically, he slept with Hagar, producing Ishmael. (We are still dealing with that mess–Israel and Arab hatred.)

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3. Sarah

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 at such a thing occurring. Due to her disbelief, she encouraged her husband, Abraham, to sleep with her handmaiden to produce an heir.

Yep, I think Sarah did lose faith in God in the beginning. 

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4. Moses

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 led the Israelites to the Promised Land, but that’s only part of Moses’s story.

Hebrews 11 doesn’t mention when he did lose faith in God. He killed an Egyptian, struck a rock and disobeyed God, and wanted Aaron to speak for him because he didn’t believe God could help him talk eloquently.  

Unfortunately, due to his disobedience, he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Moses often lost faith in God, but this isn’t stated in Hebrews 11. Nope. 

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5. David

David, the shepherd boy, was a man after God’s heart. He was Saul’s servant, conquered many nations as a great warrior, and was one of the most fabulous 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 was also responsible for many men dying because he took a census. On top of that, he killed so many men in battle that he was not allowed to build the temple. Solomon, his son, built it instead. 

While David did lose faith in God, God forgave Him because he had a contrite heart.  

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6. Samson

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 mention how greatly flawed Samson was for desiring a Philistine woman or Delilah’s horrible deception, which led to his loss of hair, eyes, and strength.

He killed himself while pulling down the pillars in the Temple of Dagon. He did lose faith in God, but in the end, he killed more Philistines at one time than anyone one person had ever done before. 

7. Rahab

Rahab risked her life by hiding the Israeli spies on her roof and deceiving the city officials who were looking for them. She saved her family from destruction.

She was a prostitute. 

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How Can I Get My Faith Back When I Lose Faith in God?

These seven biblical heroes did lose faith in God. And we can too.

The one thing these heroes had in common is they didn’t give up. They kept going even though it was unbearable; they experienced horrible failure, lost faith, and made a mess of things.

Somewhere along the way, disbelief turned into belief. And that is what got them through. They chose to have faith in God. And you can too.

Everything is redeemable by God if you choose to believe Him during tough times and trust that He uses all things for good.

Romans 8:28 says, “ And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (NASB).

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7 Bible heroes who lost faith in GodWhat Causes People to Lose Faith in God?

As moms, it is easy to lose faith in God when we feel out of control. It may seem your circumstances are hopeless because your baby is sick all the time, your child has a learning issue, or your teen is acting up at school or home.

For those of you who don’t have kid issues right now, it could be your husband is unfaithful or challenging to live with, you have a chronic illness, or you have lost a loved one.

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Perhaps you don’t get along with your mother-in-law or hate your job.

Whatever it is, you can not see past today.

If you are like me, you probably look at the here and now instead of the big picture to see what God is doing in your life.

As a Christian, I can guarantee that God is after your character, not your comfort.

He wants you to believe in Him even when your life is complicated. This is when He does His best work.

Next time you lose faith in God, remember the Bible heroes in Hebrews 11 who were really flawed, but they still pleased God. Ultimately, they returned to the course and finished what God called them to do.

This means you can too. And still have it counted as righteousness!

Now that’s some good news.

Did you lose faith in God at some point? Will you choose to believe Him even when things look bleak? Comment below. 

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    • I think we forget how God takes flawed people to do great things. Solomon, who was the wisest man on earth, disobeyed God and took too many wives. In turn, his heart was pulled away from God. None of us are worthy yet his grace extends beyond our failures. Don’t lose faith. God is not surprised about your situation, and He is waiting for you to run to him.

  1. Wow! This is so encouraging! It’s so easy to let condemnation hold us back and make us feel inferior to other “warriors of the faith”. We forget that we are, they are, all human, they just didn’t let condemnation hold them back from accepting God’s undesrved favour, and moving forward.

    • I am so glad you were encouraged by this post. I like reading this every once in a while to remember this. Thanks for commenting.

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