Sunday, April 11, 2021

Shipwrecked Faith

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Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.

—1 Timothy 1:19

All of us hope for clear sailing in the sea of life. But there are storms that come our way, and there are shipwrecks that we will encounter. We will have things happen in our lives that don’t make sense.


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The apostle Paul went through three literal shipwrecks during his lifetime (see 2 Corinthians 11:25). Now, that would cure you of ocean travel. But Paul also wrote about people who had their faith shipwrecked. In his epistle to Timothy, he warned, “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples . . .” (1 Timothy 1:19–20).

Some people have had their faith shipwrecked. I have seen it happen. Sometimes when people are facing a tragedy, they say, “I’ve lost my faith through this.”

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But let me say in response that maybe they didn’t have real faith to begin with, because the faith that cannot be tested is the faith that cannot be trusted. The Bible says that “when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow” (James 1:3).

If your faith can’t stand a test, then it is not real faith—and quite frankly, I am glad you lost it. Get rid of it, and replace it with real faith in a real God. When Christians go through a time of crisis, our faith should not be destroyed. We should not lose it. Instead, our faith should grow stronger because we are clinging to the Lord through all of it.

A storm is coming—maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week, maybe not for a month, maybe not for a year. But a storm will come eventually. So be prepared for it.

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  1. I feel like the queen of shipwrecks. Storms come quite often to me but they also often come to others I care about and I ask myself, ‘why’. Is this Christian thing and faith really true, what difference does prayer make and on and on. As one who has at times held to their faith by a very thin thread, I will say that in the end, I’m not going to know why storms come, I’m going to be pushed to the absolute limits of my faith,I’m going to get bruised in the process, but in the end, sometimes with the help of the words of a friend, I hold on to faith because deep down I still believe all the things the Lord says about trials and tribulations. I still believe that one day this part of life will be but a memory. And yes, because of the storms I’ve been through, I can look at past or current ones and say the Lord is still on His throne and He knows what He’s doing even if I don’t.

    • Deep down you believe, that’s good. Trials and tribulations are a part of life whether we like it or not, and knowing the Lord does not excuse us. Some things are brought on by our own sin, some things God allows to get our attention, to teach us something. Regardless of what happens, God will use it for our good if we will allow Him to. Romans 8:28

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