It doesn't matter how strong our faith is if we're placing it in a weak god.
The god presented in many churches today is a weak, watered down version of the God of the Bible.
We've weakened Him in our emotional "worship" songs that have reduced Him to an object of our affection (often without ever making mention of His Name). When my husband lost his job, we didn't need a god who was content to let us recline against him, feel him breathe and hear his heartbeat.1 We needed a God who would strengthen and help us, and cause us to stand upheld by His righteous, omnipotent hand.2
We've weakened Him with sermons that focus on our efforts rather that God's. Many pastors are so busy telling us how to live for God, they forget to tell us why we should. My attempts to obey God's Word will will fall terribly short if I don't have a clear understanding of who God is.
We've weakened Him by our lack of knowledge of Him. He's not a fire-insurance policy. He is the Holy Lord.
I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no savior.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God.
Also henceforth I am he;
there is none who can deliver from my hand;
I work, and who can turn it back?”
~Isaiah 43:11-13 (ESV)
The gospel reveals eternal realities about God that we would sometimes rather not face. We prefer to sit back, enjoy our cliches, and picture God as a Father who might help us, all the while ignoring God as a Judge who might damn us. Maybe this is why we fill our lives with the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture - and in the church. We are afraid that if we stop and really look at God in his Word, we might discover that he evokes greater awe and demands deeper worship than we are ready to give him.
~David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
We've weakened Him by convincing ourselves that He is here to serve our purposes, rather than us serving His. We have forgotten about the One who laid aside His rights in order that God's plan might be accomplished. If there was ever a man who deserved to have His own way, it was Christ. Yet, He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped (Philippians 2:6).
It's time believers stop settling for a weak god. If we truly worship, know, and serve the God of the Bible, our faith need only be as big as a mustard seed.
1"The More I Seek You", written by Kari Jobe
2"How Firm a Foundation", written by John Keith