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Did you lose faith in God due to unanswered prayer? Do you believe God can’t help you through a difficult situation? Sadly, I have lost faith many times perhaps just like you. I wish it were not so, but I have doubted God more times than I can count.
In fact, there have been many times I have convinced myself that my problems were too big for God, or that He didn’t care about my situation because I was a hot mess. Frankly, many times I have fouled up a situation thinking it couldn’t be redeemed.
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This is a normal part of our journey as a Christian.
But if we are truly walking with God, the Holy Spirit quietly calls us to put away our doubts and trust God even when it hurts and circumstances seem grim.
If this has happened to you, keep reading to see what to do and how others just like you have had the same issues only to find hope in the midst of their storm.
What Do You Do When You Lose Your Faith In God
Did you lose faith in God? You are not alone. There are many others before you who have felt the same way. Before you shut down and give up hope, I suggest you look at Hebrews 11 in the Bible. This is the heroes “Hall of Faith” for the greatest men and women of the Bible.
I think it is kinda ironic that the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 lost faith in God before they became great men and women of faith.
Amazingly, God took a whole chapter to focus on what they did right despite their horrible failures. In fact, God counted their belief as righteousness.
Not one of their sins is mentioned in this passage or that they did lose faith in God at one time. 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.
If God chose to forget their sins and help them through their problems, then He can do the same for you and me. Take a look at these seven people and see for yourself! Perhaps you won’t lose faith in God after you finish reading.
Who Lost Faith In God In the Bible?
Check out these seven people in Hebrews 11. They did lose faith in God at one point, but eventually, they found Him by trusting Him despite what they were seeing in the natural.
God understands your deep pain and fear just like these other people who were called Bible heroes. See how big of a mess they were before they turned it around.
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 to Abraham by God. Having great obedience, Abraham put Isaac upon 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.
What Hebrews 11 doesn’t mention is 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.
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 at 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 God could help him speak with eloquence.
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 he was 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 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.
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 while 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 saved her family from destruction.
She was a prostitute.
Can You Lose Faith In God?
Clearly, these seven biblical heroes lost faith in God. And we do too.
The one thing these heroes had in common is they didn’t give up. They kept going even though it was unbearable at times, 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 believe.
Everything is redeemable by God if you will choose to believe Him during the 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).
What Does It Mean To Lose Faith?
As moms, it is easy to lose faith when we feel out of control of our lives. 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 difficult to live with, you have a chronic illness, or you have lost a loved one. Perhaps you don’t get along with your mother-in-law or you hate your job.
Whatever it is, you can not see past today.
If you are like me, you probably tend to 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 one thing: God is after your character, not your comfort.
He wants you to have faith in Him even when your life is a hot mess. Actually, that is when He does His best work.
Next time you lose faith in God, 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. This means you can, too.
Did you lose faith in God? Will you choose to believe Him even when things look bleak?
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