Flimsy Faith



I  thought the “shield of faith,” Scotchguarded TM  by love, would protect me from most storms.

My shelter, ribbed with mercy and grace, gave assurance of safety.

I had faith that Life’s Big Ones would

veer away

glance off,

leave my shelter unscathed.

BUT the Big Ones lashed my life as cruelly as it did other lives.

When event-named storms threatened to yank Faith from my hands, and

Unprepared-for gusts turned long-held beliefs wrong-side out,

I found that faith in faith was not enough.


Faith must be staked to reality, not desires or hoped-for dreams.

Enduring faith must be staked and secured to Rock with:

TRUTH  – God’s eternal unchanging Word

SALVATION  – Trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins

RIGHTEOUSNESS  – Right living in an unrighteous world


The shield of faith is not a

grab-from-the-closet, pop-open-with-the-flick-of-a-thumb shelter.

The shield of faith is a

daily staking-to-eternal-promises canopy that Big Ones cannot shred.


We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

By Priscilla J. Owens

Matthew 7:24-25; Ephesians  6:14-17; Romans 8:37-39

Martha VanCise ©2013

One thought on “Flimsy Faith

  1. Margery

    You really know how to express what Faith is because you have tried and proven it in your life, Martha. I know we can all have God’s best in our lives through Faith in Jesus Christ. Hebrew 11:6: Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of the one who earnestly seeks Him. God was with me every minute when I traveled to Arequipa, Peru, S.A. in July. Thank God for his many blessings to me. Keep writing these encouraging blogs, Martha.

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