An internet buddy sends me all sorts of unusual things. Today he sent me something with this tag line at the bottom: “Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.” The quote was timely for me.
The doubts I have truly are not related to my faith. I do not doubt anything I find in the Word of God; I do not doubt my salvation. My “doubts” are probably more precisely translated as fears and anxieties, and they arise when I read publications, listen to the news media – even conservative news media – and see the collapse of much that I hold dear. Like you, I feel a certain amount of anxiety over the “Fiscal Cliff” and how it will impact my meager income. I am sad to see the family unit as ordained by God being attacked and marriage as defined by God being redefined. To look at all these things in the aggregate creates a lot of fear, anxiety and raises questions to which there is humanly speaking no answer. But all of this just means I am viewing life at eye level and not at God-level.
Shortly after viewing the tag line and considering the truth it conveys, I sat down to complete my Bible reading for the year. Like many, I was closing out the year in the book of Revelation. The Word of God is always timely in its message, and yesterday was no exception. Revelation 17:14 reads, “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings….” My heart leaped with rejoicing. There is much in our world that is even now making war against Christ (the Lamb), but our victory is in Christ who daily helps us to overcome. My doubts were assuaged because I was feeding my faith through reading God’s Word.
So at this time when we traditionally make New Year’s resolutions, my resolve is to be even more diligent about feeding my faith in 2013 through these activities:
•Read the Bible through in a year. I follow a chronological reading system and find that helps me to follow the story of redemption that begins in Genesis and ends victoriously in Revelation.
•Build a stronger prayer life. This will be my biggest challenge, but I am asking the Lord to help me be more deliberate and focused in prayer.
•Read those things that point me continually to Christ and his purposes.
•Surround myself with Christ-honoring music. Music has such a profound effect on me that I must pursue that which edifies and encourages.
•Be effectively engaged in ministry to others.
While most of these things are already a part of my life, a recommitment to them is definitely in order to the end “…that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness…(but) the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Philippians 3:8-9. Let’s feed our faith and watch our doubts starve to death!
Happy New Year! May the Lord continually be praised in 2013.