Has Your Faith in God Been Shipwrecked?
By: Woody Godbey
“Having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck” 1 Timothy 1:19. In other words, cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences and as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
Before I preached a sermon that I called “The Valley.” It’s those trials that are so overwhelming they can bring us to a place of depression, despair and a feeling of defeat. All of us hope for clear sailing in the sea of life. But there are storms that come our way, and there are shipwrecks that we will encounter. We will have things happen in our lives that don't make sense and they can be overwhelming.
The apostle Paul went through three literal shipwrecks during his lifetime. That would cure me of ocean travel. But Paul also wrote about people who had their faith shipwrecked. In his epistle to Timothy, he warned, "Cling to your faith in Christ and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples . . ." (1 Timothy 1:19–20).
Some people have had their faith shipwrecked. I have seen it happen. Sometimes when people are facing a tragedy, they say, "I've lost my faith through this."
But let me say in response that maybe they didn't have real faith, to begin with, because the faith that cannot be tested is the faith that cannot be trusted. The Bible says that "when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow" (James 1:3).
If your faith can't stand a test, then it is not real faith and to tell the truth, I’m glad you lost it. Get rid of it and replace it with real faith in a real God. When Christians go through a time of crisis, our faith should not be destroyed. We should not lose it. Instead, our faith should grow stronger because we are clinging to the Lord through all of it.
Don’t get me wrong, a storm can weaken us while we are going through it, but we come out of it stronger.
It’s not if I go through a storm but when. A storm is coming, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week, maybe not for a month, maybe not for a year. But a storm will come eventually. So be prepared for it. When in a storm: 1. Pray and Wait on the Lord. 2. Praise and Worship the Lord. 3. Practice Walking in the Lord by doing His will. God Bless!