Degrees of Faith


There are degrees of faith.

At one stage of Christian experience we cannot believe unless we have some sign or some great manifestation of feeling.  We feel our fleece, like Gideon, and if it is wet we are willing to trust God.  This may be true faith but it is imperfect.  It always looks for feeling or some token besides the Word of God.  It marks quite an advance of faith when we trust God without feelings.  It is blessed to believe without having any emotions.

There is a third stage of faith which even transcends that of Gideon and his fleece.  The first phase of faith believes when there are favorable emotions, the second believes when there is the absence of feeling, but this third form of faith believes God and His Word when circumstances, emotions, appearances, people and human reason all urge to the contrary.

May God give us faith to full trust His Word though everything else witness the other way.