Do you struggle with constancy in your faith life? Having some ups and downs is normal, even dry seasons are part of our faith journey. But it is helpful to learn to take care of one’s faith to avoid pitfalls when possible. How do we do that? Basically, we stick to it every single day. Believing needs to begin again every morning. With yesterday’s manna we don’t get very far.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
(Psalm 143:8, ESV,*)
Believing Needs to Begin Again Every Morning
How do I know this? First of all, by experience. I’ve learned that spiritual amnesia happens overnight to all of us. We need to remind ourselves of God’s goodness each morning in order to thrive in faith.
Second of all, it was affirming to read what C.S. Lewis wrote on Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer: “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” Did you catch the end? Believing needs to begin again every morning as if nothing had yet been done. We can only believe in the present moment. That’s why we need grace every morning to rely on God once again.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become restless and disturbed within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence. (Psalm 42:5, AMP,*)
But when we do rely on God day by day, we get to know God better and better and we start to see how God works behind the scenes. There’s beauty in daily surrender. When we practice our faith constantly, it grows and blossoms. Then we are able to trust God even when we are in a dry season. Because during the process we’ve learned God wants the best for us. That’s why we – no matter what – hope against all hope like Abraham. And we will be blessed like him.
Once again we come to you to ask for more grace
because we need it every day.
Remind us of Your lovingkindness.
And let us feel your presence.
Create in us a clean heart,
empower us for victorious living.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Believing needs to start again every morning – do you agree?