Think back to a time in your life when your confidence has been shaken.
Perhaps it was a time you played a sport and went through a slump. Maybe as a baseball player who just struggled to hit the ball, or a basketball player who kept missing the three-pointer, or maybe a golfer who just couldn’t sink the putt.
Maybe it has been at work when the sales just were not happening. Or you were passed over multiple times for a promotion.
It could even be in a relationship where it seems like you just can’t say the right thing. Conversations are choppy at best and you feel distant.
Our confidence in Christianity can also be shaken. Simply reading the news and seeing how evil seems to win out more often than not…or experiencing suffering from a loss or criticism can shake our faith.
Several years ago, Leigh-Ann and I had this experience. God had placed foster care on Leigh-Ann’s heart and over a period of time finally worked on my own heart to accept the call.
Long story short, after nearly three years with a foster child we had from birth, we lost contact. During the twelve months leading up to this loss, we had our share of ups and downs. However, there was something deep within us that kept us thinking it would all work out in the end.
And during our darkest days, we questioned God. Our faith had been shaken like a can of paint and we were worn out.
Ultimately, God revealed Himself to us so that today in spite of our loss, our faith is stronger.
This Sunday, I look forward to sharing a sermon out of 1 Peter 3:18-22. It is written for Christians who had been enduring criticism and persecution and whose faith had been shaken.
On the surface, this seems to be a difficult section to interpret, but beneath the surface are some valuable truths that provide confidence for those times when our faith is shaken.