I have a confession to make. Before I started this, I checked on the stock market. Then I asked myself, why should those numbers that have been trending downward cause my mood to trend downward? Or, if it were going in the opposite direction, why should that make me feel better than I otherwise would?
What if we were to plot our faith on a graph? Would it have peaks and valleys similar to the Dow Jones average? Would it surge when we are feeling great and plunge when we aren’t? Or would our faith be more a constant, sure and steady, regardless of what is going on all around us? Regardless of what is going on within us?
What is faith? It is two things. It is the beliefs we hold about God. And it is the trust we place in God. Some days it is easier for me to believe in God and in the teachings of the Bible than other days. And some days it is easier for me to place my trust in God. But isn’t it a mark of growing Christians, that those peaks and valleys start to level off?
Is God any more real because I’m having a good day? Or any less real when my day isn’t going so well? Is God any more or less trustworthy on one day than on another? Is Jesus my Lord only on good days? Or is Jesus my Lord on every day of the week that ends with a “y”?
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Or two verses earlier:
“The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6).
My prayer is for a strong, steady faith in our gracious, loving God regardless what this Monday might hold for you.