Depths of Faith
By Morris M. Womack
From: Firm Foundation, January 13, 1959, p. 24.
As in the great oceans of the earth, so in the fathomless “sea of life” there are shallows and depths. Man has designed vessels both to ride on the surface of the water and submarines to submerge to the depths of the sea.
How deeply does your faith run? Would it change your life for it to run deeply? Are you caught with misgivings about the religious convictions you hold? Do you find it difficult to meet the problems that face you? Is it possible that these thoughts occur to you because your faith has not the proper depth?
It is one thing barely to believe the basic facts of the gospel, and quite another to have a faith that descends to the depths. Lot believed in the existence of God and in the splendor of his power, but who would attempt to place the faith of Lot alongside that of Abraham? Whenever we conceive the idea that regular attendance at worship, giving quite liberally, and a host of other things in themselves constitute genuine Christianity, we may be deceiving ourselves. These acts of obedience are certainly vital to mature Christianity, but maturity demands that the roots of our lives be sent to deeper and more enduring levels. These “roots” we call “faith.”
How rich is your faith? Can you truly say your faith has, like the mighty submarine, submerged beneath the surface? Do you believe that God cares for his own? Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
One of the greatest examples of such a faith is the Apostle Paul. Enveloped in a raging storm in the Mediterranean Sea, Paul evinced his faith to those who had no faith. God had promised Paul that he would see Rome, and to Rome was he heading. Every evidence could have convinced Paul that he would perish in the storm. Yet, Paul could say, “be of good cheer; for there shall be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God whose I am, whom also I serve, saying, fear not, Paul; thou must stand before Caesar: and lo, God hath granted thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even so as it hath been spoken unto me” (Acts 27:22-25). May the time hasten when more of us may say with unfeigned lips, “I believe God.” With such faith, no difficulty of life can fetter our feet or shackle our hands from serving God with zeal and sincerity.