Exercising our measure of faith aides in its growth!
How can my faith grow to be a firm tree planted by the waters if I don’t stretch forth to grow in using it.
Pressure from things around me come to cause me to dig into my faith, sending my roots down deeper to find the next level of stream of living water to draw from.
As my roots go down deeper and deeper in search of the quenching of the thirst to remain stable and anchored in the soil of faith.
Once it reaches the place to draw it draws until the sources run low and go down deeper again.
This is our faith going from faith to faith, glory to glory, etc in seach of the depths of transformative power in Christ.
But often times when I have been at one level of faith and the sources begin to run low that should cause me to go deeper, I look at my surroundings and take it as abandonment by God. When He hasnt left me, he wants me to chase him deeper.
When I look at whats going on around me I de-power what God can and is capable of doing by operating from my self-will, my own strength and in my timing.
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”
Matthew 14:28-33 NASB
In our situations it is important to become aware when we take our eyes off of God and begin to look at the things around us, for doing so causes us to sink and be little in our faith.
Through the difficult times we must keep eyes on God to grow our faith and become more firmly rooted in Him.