Whenever I get discouraged, I try to overcome it by listening to a sermon. Over the years I have collected many wonderful sermons on my laptop, thus making it very accessible for my use. My current chapter of life is rearing the four children God gave me, and without a doubt, each day is fraught with endless tasks and challenges. This week I turned to C.J. Mahaney‘s sermon entitled “What A Mother Can’t Do Without.” As always, I was greatly encouraged.
Mahaney opened the message with a question that was asked of his wife. She was asked whether if there was one thing she would change if she could raise her daughters all over again. Her answer was, “I wished I had trusted God more.” From this, he deduced that “Faith towards God is the foundation of effective motherhood.” The main text of the message is Hebrews 11:6:
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Mahaney explains that faith is utterly necessary in the Christian life because without it, we cannot please God and we cannot be effective mothers. The kind of faith described in Hebrews is the faith that trusts in God, believes that He exists, and that He gives to those who trusts in Him.
What really got my attention was a quote from Charles Bridges:
All of our failures may ultimately be traced back to defect of faith. When faith is brought into action, the extent and aggravation of difficulty is a matter of little comparative moment. Difficulties, heaped upon difficulties, can never rise to the level of the promises of God. Unbelief looks at the difficulty. Faith regards the promise. It is faith that enlivens our works with perpetual cheerfulness.
How wonderful it is to know that no matter how difficult our circumstance is, it “can never rise to the level of the promises of God.” God’s promises are sufficient. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I know it is because of lack of faith. My unbelief focuses on the difficulty which explains why there is lack of cheerfulness. In order to remain joyful and cheerful, we need to have faith.
How then do we develop faith? Mahaney explains that “Where your faith is deficient, the gospel is sufficient. Faith is the fruit of the gospel. If you will cultivate the gospel, you will experience faith. You ultimately will please God.”
Some of the things that he recommends to his wife on how to develop faith are: study the gospels, study the attributes of God, and study the promises of God. These are ways how you develop faith. The next time you feel distraught because of your circumstance, look to God and have faith that He will carry you through because His promises are above any difficulties you may encounter.