I know men and women of such godly character that they seem to have unshakeable faith in God. No matter what happiness or heartache comes their way, their faith in God is immovable.
Unfortunately, I am not one of those people.
My faith often wavers, especially when I find myself engulfed by a hurricane of life’s troubles. Instead of trusting in God’s gloriously good character and unshakeable promises, I doubt and worry and fret and calculate. Instead of relying upon the faithfulness of God, I rely upon my own understanding.
And yet, when I read scripture, it’s clear to me that I’m called to have strong faith in God, no matter what circumstances I find myself in.
After all, Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it’s impossible to please God.
This raises a critical question: how can I have unshakeable faith in God, even when I’m overwhelmed by trials, troubles, and tribulations?
Here are three simple ways.
#1. Unshakeable Faith In God Is Based On God’s Character
Strong faith in God is much more than merely hoping things turn out okay. It’s much deeper and more profound than the belief that things will somehow turn out for the best. It’s not like naive optimism of the Beatles, who crooned, “It’s getting better all the time.”
No, unshakeable faith in God is based on the very character of God.
Scripture tells me that God is omnipotent. It also tells me that God is good and wise and full of love. When you blend the omnipotence and goodness and wisdom and love of God, you end up with a God who is worthy of trust and praise and adoration.
This is why Peter could say in 1 Peter 5:6-7:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
The reasons I can have strong, unshakeable faith in God are:
- God is almighty (“…the mighty hand of God)
- God cares for me personally
I can cast all my cares on God, no matter how large, no matter how bone-crushing, because I know that He is all-powerful and all-loving.
If God was only one of those things (almighty or loving), I couldn’t have faith in God. If he was all-powerful but not all-loving, there would be no guarantee that his power was working on my behalf. But God’s love marshalls his power on my behalf. God’s love for me means that his earth-shaking, circumstance-changing, heart-moving power is always at work on my behalf.
The Apostle Paul’s unshakeable faith in God was based on his intimate knowledge of God’s glorious character. At one point, Paul found himself in circumstances so dire that he was convinced death was the only outcome. Death would mean the end of Paul’s ministry.
Yet Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:9, “Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”
Paul knew that even if he died, God could raise him from the dead. Even if the absolute worst happened, it couldn’t stop God. It turns out that even the great enemy of death is no match for my almighty, all-loving, merciful, gracious God.
And so I can have faith in God. I can cast my cares on him. Lay my burdens at his feet. Acknowledge that though I am a weak, earthen vessel, his grace is sufficient for me.
I can have strong, immovable faith in God because he is good and loving.
#2. Unshakeable Faith In God Is Based On God’s Promises
Incredibly, God has promised to do certain things for me and in me, and my faith in God is based on these unbreakable, unchanging promises.
Immoveable faith in God takes hold of God’s promises and won’t let go until they are fulfilled.
What sorts of things has God promised to do on my behalf?
- To constantly work in me until I am fully conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
- To meet all my needs with his glorious abundance (Matthew 7:11).
- To give me divine wisdom to navigate the complexities of life (James 1:5).
- To produce good fruit in and through me (John 15:5).
- To answer my prayers in big, unimaginable, world-changing ways (James 5:16).
- To never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).
- To do more than I can think, ask, or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)
- And so much more…
Faith in God is not random. Rather, it is attached to the concrete, unbreakable, you-can-stake-everything-on-them, promises of God.
Charles Spurgeon said this:
I love that. I can’t out believe God and God has never out-promised himself. If God promised it, I can stake everything on it.
If I want to have faith in God that isn’t easily moved or shaken, I need to immerse myself in the promises of God. God has given me reason upon reason to hope in him, and I must hold fast to those glorious promises.
#3. Unshakeable Faith In God Is Rooted In His Past Faithfulness
Strong, immoveable faith in God always looks back to God’s past faithfulness as a guarantee of his future faithfulness.
God never changes, and if he’s been faithful to me in the past, it’s a guarantee that he will continue to be faithful in the future.
As I look down the halls of my life, I can see time after time when God has been faithful.
- Faithful to save me from my sins and give me strong assurance of salvation
- Faithful to provide for all my physical needs, even when the budget was scraped thin
- Faithful to keep me following him, even when I was brokenhearted or in the midst of crushing trials
- Faithful to sustain me in the midst of overwhelming depression and anxiety
- Faithful to help me as a husband and father
- Faithful to answer my prayers, even when the circumstances seemed impossible
- And on and on and on
The story of my life is one of God being faithful. God has always been faithful to his people, and I am living proof of that.
The past faithfulness of God assures me that he will continue to be faithful in the future. I have faith in God that he will continue to sustain me through every trial, provide for my every need, and keep me close to him even in my darkest moments.
Faith In God Looks Up and Back
I once heard someone say that strong faith in God is the result of looking up and back. We look up to God’s unshakable character and the unbreakable promises he has made to us. We look back to his constant faithfulness.
The result of looking up and back is a faith in God that can stand firm even in the midst of the hurricane.
I think this verse in the classic hymn “Amazing Grace” sums up how to have strong faith in God:
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
God has promised good to me in his word. As long as I’m alive, he is my shield in portion. Therefore, I can have strong faith in God.