Daily Hope with Rick Warren - February 23, 2021

How to Strengthen Your Faith
By Rick Warren

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 (NASB)

Any major crisis in your life has the potential to shake your faith. But the opposite can be true too. If you let it, your faith can carry you through a crisis.

King David suffered great loss, including the loss of a child. After these crises in his life, he wrote in Psalm 27:13, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (NASB). In David’s darkest time, only his belief in God’s goodness kept him going.  

The same can be true for you. Even when life feels unbearable, believe that God is good. Even when everything is going wrong, believe that God’s goodness can pull you through. Believe that God’s plan for your life is greater than the problem you’re going through.

How do you get that kind of faith? You can get it from God’s Word, and from the encouragement of faithful friends.

If you know the Bible well, you’re going to have great faith. If you know the Bible a little, you’re going to have a little faith. If you don’t know Bible at all, you’re not going to have any faith.

Did you know there are more than 7,000 promises made to you in the Bible? But you can’t claim them if you don’t know them. If you want to increase your faith so you’re able to handle the rough winds of life, get to know the Bible through study, meditation, and memorization.

Then, as your faith in God’s goodness grows, you can share your faith with your friends when they are going through a crisis. Friends strengthen their friends’ faith.

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Originally published February 23, 2021.