Faith that withstands pressure.
I want faith like that. More than anything. It’s ironic how as you journey through life your ‘wants’ change. Now, in this moment, I simply want my faith to be strengthened. I want the kind of faith that endures anything that comes my way.
As I stood looking out the window this morning my eyes were instantly pulled to this spider web. The simple strength and determination of the web captivated me. Did you know that TS (tensile strength) is defined as the maximum stress a material can withstand when stretched or pulled before breaking? The TS of spider web is greater than the same weight of steel and has just as much, if not more, elasticity. Think of the amount of pressure steel can withstand. And the silk of a spider web is comparable? I want faith like that. Faith that can withstand all of life’s pressures.
A spider stays dedicated to it purpose and spends hours weaving a web. And the web is usually 20 times the size of the spider. I need faith bigger than I am. When storms come, I want my web of faith to be so strong that even if it sways or bends it will not be blown away. Spending time with Him, focusing on God’s Word and allowing it to strengthen me from the inside out will build my faith. And when the pressures of life try to bring me down, I will remain strong in Him.
Another fascinating fact is when one of the threads of a web break, the web instead of being weakened is actually strengthened! And even amidst the defects in the web its mechanical function is unharmed. I don’t know about you, but I’ve often wondered how God could possibly use me in all of my imperfection. Or even in situations that have arisen in my life. Circumstances beyond my control causing hurt and turmoil, discouragement and despair often cause me to doubt Him and His ability to repair my situation.
And yet, He still promises that He will work even the most difficult things of our life for good. It is in my brokenness that I truly find myself in Him.
“My grace is sufficient for you, My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough – always available – regardless of the situation; for My power is being perfected and is completed and shows itself most effectively in your weakness.”
II Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified)