Suppose one of my sons is caught in a bear trap in the woods and lies hurt and bleeding, crying for help. As his father, do I stop to analyze the quality of his faith? Do I ask myself the question, “Does my son have enough faith in me to trust that I’ll come to his rescue?” A thousand times no! I would run to my boy’s side, no questions asked, because I am motivated by a father’s love for a hurting child. His faith doesn’t motivate me. It is not anything he does at all; it is simply my love for him.
What kind of an earthly father would leave a child bleeding and hurt in some forsaken woods simply because the child didn’t voice some kind of faith in him? In the same way, God will never leave one of his children to suffer alone. He will never shut his ear to their cries simply because their faith in him is weak. “If we are faithless, he remains faithful; he cannot deny himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).
All faith must rest on the lovingkindness and concern of our heavenly Father. We are commanded to glory in the love and everlasting kindness of our Father. “But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight…” (Jeremiah 9:24).
God so loves his children that he hears before they call like a mother who anticipates her baby’s cry. That is why David prayed, “Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, quicken me and give me life according to your [righteous] decrees” (Psalm 119:149 AMPC). He loves me and comes to my rescue when my faith is weak, when I don’t deserve any answer from him, all because of his tenderness and kindness. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy” (Psalm 103:8).
The greatest peace has flooded my life since I have convinced myself that God loves me. He will come to my rescue and do what is right in every situation of my life. Weak faith or not, he still loves me, and nothing can hinder that love.