God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) Back in the 12th century there was a monk by the name of Bernard of Clairvaux. He was asked by a friend to write a book on humility. Bernard said he didn’t know enough about humility...
The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
Here are two final shaky foundations for your faith.
5. Your Feelings
Have you ever said, or heard another Christian say, “I know it is true because I feel it.” If the foundation of your faith is in your feelings, what happens when you are faced with great darkness? Your feelings will fade and if there is no core conviction forming the bedrock of your faith, you will be lost in a Barry Manilow kind of faith, “I’ve been up and down, trying to get that feeling.” If your faith rests on your feelings, you have a deficient foundation and eventually the cracks will show.
6. Your Spiritual Experiences
In the book of Job, Job’s friend Eliphaz speaks about a vision he had: “Now a word was brought to me stealthily; my ear received the whisper of it. Amid thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake. A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh stood up.” (Job 4:12-15). Something happened to Eliphaz, and he was quite sure that it was God speaking to him. But at the end of the story, God says to Eliphaz, “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has” (42:7). Even a powerful spiritual experience is an inadequate foundation for faith.
If faith cannot rest on church, pastor, family, friends, feelings or experiences, on what then should it rest? Where is the foundation on which you can build with confidence?
Have you made one (or both) of these the foundation of your faith? Are you beginning to see any cracks in your foundation?