The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith

Today’s entry is a reproduction of the August 29 entry contained in Oswald Chamber’s, My Utmost for His Highest- An Updated Edition in Today’s Language, Discovery House Publishers, 1992.

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40.

Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith.  But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense.  In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual.  Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture out with courage on the words of Jesus Christ, while the realities of your commonsense life continue to shout, “It’s all a lie”?  When you are on the mountaintop, it’s easy to say “Oh yes, I believe God can do it,” but you have to come down from the mountain to the demon-possessed valley and face the realities that scoff at your Mount-of-Transfiguration belief (see Luke 9:28-42).  Every time my theology becomes clear to my own mind, I encounter something that contradicts it.  As soon as I say, “I believe God shall supply all [my] need,” the testing of my faith begins (Philippians 4:19).  When my strength runs dry and my vision is blinded, will I endure this trial of my faith victoriously or will I turn my back in defeat?

Faith must be tested, because it can only become your intimate possession through conflict. What is challenging your faith right now?  The test will either prove your faith right, or it will kill it.  Jesus said, “Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” (Matthew 11:6).  The ultimate thing is confidence in Jesus.  “We have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end…” (Hebrews 3:14).  Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith.  There is a continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great test.  Faith is absolute trust in God- trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5-6).

A postscript from Martyn Peters

As I struggled with my own faith in God during the immediate aftermath of discovering my wife’s affair, God brought me to a place where I knew I had reached the end of myself.  I had nothing left.  My only option was to look to God for everything: love, trust, goodness, provision, comfort, strength, and hope.  The worship song, “Frontiers” moved me beyond imagination.  I would encourage you to listen to this song and allow God to bring you to the end of yourself and to the edge of something much greater.

“Frontiers” – Live – Vertical Worship, Music Video, 2016.

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