“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3
Paul is saying that he is supposed to give thanks to God for the Thessalonian church. The reason for it was that their faith and love was growing. He was not taking it for granted that their faith and love would grow as it was in reality growing.
What does it mean for faith to grow more and more? In one sense faith does not grow. One believes that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead and will save him, that is all the faith that is needed. Right?
That is what a lot of people think, but there is more to faith in God than just these few things. It is trusting God as He leads a person through this life.
One who wants to desires to run a marathon does not get to run one just because he desires it. He must work at running daily, more and more, until he can run that marathon. He must go through a lot of pain and suffering to get to the point of being able to run a marathon.
Many believers want to have great faith in God, but do not want to go through the process of gaining that great faith. When you ask God to build your faith in Him, He will start to do it. That process is taking away the things of this world so that you must rely totally upon God in faith.
Having great faith in God is not always knowing what the next moment will bring you. It is not knowing how God will provide for your needs. It is not knowing how God will protect and sustain you.
It is knowing that God will provide, protect and sustain you in every situation. God will bring situations in your life that you have no control over. This is to build your faith in Him.
Are you trusting God for everything in your life? Or are you trusting your own work?
How much more (or less) do you trust God today to meet your needs, than you did one year ago? Or five years ago?
Is your faith growing or is it dead?
I pray today that you will trust God in all of your needs; that God will reveal Himself more to you; that your faith in Jesus will grow; that God will remove any fear you have; and that you will be God’s witness to His faithfulness.