I have no faith in my faith. You may have the same problem with your faith. When I was convinced that my faith and faithfulness were the measure of my status before God, I could never feel secure. My faith always wavered for the simple reason that I knew beyond a doubt that I was flawed. I could not be certain of my ability to measure up in faith any more than I could in any other quality. Then there was always the additional question of what to believe and how to believe it. The church’s explanation of “saving faith” was just too nebulous. The bottom line was clear enough though; it all depended on me and my getting it right, whatever right might mean.
What a change it is to realize finally that my status in the eyes of God does not depend on my faith. Instead it depends on someone else’s faith and faithfulness. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”. Could man boast of their own faith and faithfulness? Yes, they can and do. Neither the grace nor the faith is of you and me; it is all of God in Christ.
Hallelujah! My faith and ability don’t matter. The faith of Christ and the faithfulness of God, however, do matter. In combination they are the answer to all my doubts and faithlessness. To rely on me is to fail. To rely on God without any restriction imposed by my weaknesses is the ultimate victory.
God’s faithfulness is intimately bound up in His basic purpose for creating mankind. That purpose was not to “skim the cream off the top”. That purpose was defined by love; and it could not be subverted by man, angel, or other being. That purpose was to mold humanity collectively into the image of the Creator. Yes, that collection is made up of individual lives, but God’s purpose and His faithfulness are directed to mankind as a whole, as an indivisible unity. God could not be faithful to His creative purpose without being completely successful in that purpose.