The Lack Of Faith

W. Terry Varner
February 21, 2016

Do you lack faith? I am not meaning in the sense of a non-believer (atheist or agnostic), but rather the Christian having a lack of faith in the sense of: (1) the Christian desires to know God, but who seems somehow unable to place faith in God, or (2) the Christian who outwardly attends services, communes, prays, etc., but after having done so is left with an empty feeling devoid of biblical faith.

Our age, for sundry reasons, is an age of doubt, lack of biblical faith, and despair, Christians, sadly, are caught up in the worldview where God is either minimized or discarded.

Reasons for the lack of faith.

  • The lack of faith leaving one empty and devoid is often the result of not seeking God according to the Bible, but seeking God according to our personal presuppositions about who God is and what God is like. We are told, “faith comes by hearing . . . the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).
  • Some Christians are kept from having a meaningful faith because of a distorted view of the Bible, as well as, one’s ignorance of the word of God. Some view the Bible as a collection of literature—the best writings of men from times past. Others accept in the Bible that which appeals to their fancy, while rejecting the rest. A vital living faith in God and peace of the soul is eluded. We must accept the Bible for what it is, the word of God (2 Tim. 3:14-17; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:22-25).
  • Sometimes the lack of faith is the result of the individual’s personal feeling of unworthiness; i.e. God is too good; I am too bad. God doesn’t have time for me or I am one of so many. God is mindful of man (Ps. 8:5; Rom. 5:8-9).
  • The lack of faith at times results from the unresolved guilt of our sins. Consequently, our faith is weakened and becomes empty and meaningless. David wrote: “If I had cherished the iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Ps. 66:18, ESV).

The power of a living faith. If we ever correct our lack of faith, we must see the power of faith by correcting our attitudes, actions, and thoughts. Personal faith has eternal consequences.

  • The power of a living faith is essential to living eternally with God. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek after Him” (Heb. 11:6).
  • The power of a living faith is necessary to obtain the spiritual and eternal life promised in Christ. The alternative of faith in Jesus is to die in our sms. “If you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sins” (John 8:24). “But these things are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God; and believing you might have life through Him” (John 20:31).
  • The power of a living faith is firmly based on the word of God—the Bible. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17; Ps. 19:7-11).
  • The power of a living faith is the personal obedience of the individual. The obedient are saved. Jesus is “the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey Him” (Heb. 5:9). The meaning of this text is behind Jesus’ question: “And why call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
  • The power of a living faith will save one at the judgment. When Jesus returns the second time to give the “crown of righteousness” (2 Tim. 4:8), He will judge mankind (Matt. 25:31-46) and take “vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:9).

There is no reason for the Christian to be tossed to and fro because his lack of faith. The Christian has every motivation to live on earth, while preparing for eternity, a life of obedience. “Blessed are they who do His commandments” (Rev. 22:14).