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  • Kerri S. Wilson

Faithful Faith

I’ve been spending the past few days considering my faith, and I came to this conclusion: one of the greatest indicators of faith is faithfulness.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” (KJV).

Another translation says it this way: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see,” (NET).

I’ve noticed how there are times when I feel full of faith, and there are other times when I feel I lack in faith. Sometimes I’m hopeful and convinced, but other times I’m disappointed and doubtful. I’ve also noticed how, in either state of mind, I’ve kept moving forward.

It’s easy to understand how I’ve moved forward when I’ve been confident, but I’ve wondered how I've done so when I’ve been hesitant. I’ve realized His strength has been made perfect when I’ve been weak—even when I've felt my faith was weak.

Faithfulness is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit, and He gave us His Spirit to comfort, help, and teach. Faithfulness is about consistency. Paul said, “for we walk by faith, not by sight,” (II Corinthians 5:7, ESV). So, when I’ve been hesitant, fearful, and doubtful—lacking in faith—I’ve been able to keep walking because His Spirit has helped me remain faithful.

Maybe, like me, you sometimes feel weak in faith. If you do, consider these questions: Are you still moving in the right direction? Did you get back up after falling? If you’re struggling, ask for His help. He’ll give you the strength to remain faithful. Faithfulness reveals faith.

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