What does it mean to be faithless as a Christian? I looked up the word “faithless” at dictionary.com and found these results:
1. Not true to duty or obligation; disloyal.
2. Having no religious faith.
3. Unworthy of faith or trust; unreliable.
Synonyms: faithless, unfaithful, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous,
These adjectives mean not true to duty or obligation. Faithless and unfaithful imply failure to adhere to promises, obligations, or allegiances:
False emphasizes deceitfulness: One who is disloyal betrays an allegiance:Treacherous suggests a propensity for betraying trust or faith: Perfidious suggests vileness of behavior and often deceitfulness.
No real Christians would describe themselves in the ways above, but we all seem to struggle with having faith at times. We may struggle when someone we love becomes ill with terminal cancer or when we are short on money and a big bill is due to be paid. We may even struggle when we do
something we think is God’s will and the whole thing turns out disastrous. In these times we wonder, where is God?
Are there times when you just want to cry out to God because what you see around you seems so unfair? Your Christian friends (or maybe you) have more severe pain, more severe trials, more rotten things happening then ever before! It can be physical pain (disease and injury), or it can be life
pain (lost jobs, car accidents, slander, failed relationships), with friends and relatives suffering great and deep hurts. So much of it seems unexplainable and illogical, and you ask, “Where is God in all of this?” “Why isn’t He doing something to fix this mess?”
Life wears on you and you feel beaten down and weary. You have been frightened enough times by circumstances in your life that you are fearful of what comes next because something always comes next. You wait for the supernatural to occur, some suspension of natural law that will fix the problem. It could be a bag of money on your front porch or a miracle cure in the one you love. And when it doesn’t happen, you loudly proclaim “God is not fair!”
We really don’t like the alternative to the supernatural because it takes wisdom, work, and time. We want the quick fix that is done to us or for us. We want a spectacular save where God swoops in at the last moment and rescues us. When it doesn’t happen, we get angry and determine that God is not trustworthy.
The truth is that God is not obligated to “perform” the way you want Him to. He is the Master; you and I are the servants. What I have concluded is that we do not lack faith in God—we would loudly proclaim our belief in saving grace and in Jesus Christ—but we lack faith in God’s faithfulness to us! We do not apply the definitions of faithless to ourselves; we apply them to God! That He is the one who is not true to His duty or obligations; that He is disloyal to us, that He is unworthy of our faith or trust; and that He is unreliable. My brothers and sisters, this should
Thinking biblically leads us to conclude that God is sovereign (possessing supreme power), omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (everywhere all at once), and omnipotent (all-powerful). God is always aware, always in control, always navigating events and circumstances of life. Human emotions tell us that God is a casual observer of life, that He does not or must not care about suffering.
Biblical thinking reminds us that in each event He is working out good for the believer who loves him. Each event is completely purposeful, as well as intricately planned and guided by Him.
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