I’ve been thinking about faith and exercising my faith. I had to ask myself if I was actually exercising my faith or just coasting through. I discovered I wasn’t being proactive about my faith. I would recite scriptures and pray, but I wasn’t moving forward. When things would come up, I would use my faith, but I wasn’t using it on a regular basis.
When we don’t use our physical muscles, do they work well? The answer is no. How often do people go to the gym after not having gone in a while and complain about how sore their muscles are or are unable to do what the instructor wanted? That’s because those muscles hadn’t been used in a while.
If you never lift weights, you can’t expect to go to the gym and lift 500 pounds. It doesn’t work like that. You begin with something you can manage and increase the weight. Eventually, if you’re consistent, you can lift 500 pounds.
It’s the same with our faith. We can’t wait until we are having a crisis to exercise our faith and expect it to work.
Faith is a muscle. We should practice using our faith on a regular basis concerning smaller things so when a big opportunity arises we are ready. Our faith muscle knows how to work.
Heb. 5:12-14 for though by this time you ought to be teachers, You need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of god; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. NKJV
As we exercise our faith, our senses get exercised so we can discern how and when to use it.
Let’s take David as an example. When David met up with Goliath, he didn’t hesitate. He knew he killed the lion and the bear when they tried to take his sheep. He slew them with his slingshot. He knew he could do the same with Goliath. Goliath was a much bigger foe than the lion and the bear. Goliath was not only huge and experienced, but he had an entire army behind him. David had a lot to lose if he missed. His senses were exercised. He knew how it felt to use the slingshot. He’d done it many times before. I’m sure he practiced daily, just in case. He didn’t allow his slingshot to get rusty.
It’s the same with our faith. We need to trust God for small things on a regular basis, so our faith muscle has been exercised. Then it won’t be rusty when a situation arises to really have to use it.
Today, ask the Lord for something, or ask Him to help you with something. Do it daily. Exercise your faith. He wants us to be dependent on him. He wants us to trust him. Be proactive with your faith.