So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Romans 10:17

“Trials produce faith.”

“Think of this situation as a chance to grow your faith.”

“God lets us go through hard times so our faith will be strengthened.”

These are all phrases you’ve probably heard at one time or another, in one form or another. It makes it seem so simple to have, grow, and use our faith, doesn’t it?

I found myself wondering, after a lifetime in church, how do you really get from Point A (no faith) to Point B (strong faith)? After all, people on both sides of the line, Christian and carnal, go through rough spots. The Bible tells us that it “rains on the just and the unjust.” Why do those same trials not produce a harvest of faith in those who don’t believe on Him?

Because faith has a starting point, and that is hearing the Gospel. And I don’t mean just the initial “good news” that Jesus saves, but the everlasting, eternal message of hope He brings.

How do we as Christians grow our faith through hard times? By returning, again and again, to the Word. That Word made flesh is what saved us, and the inspired Word of God is what keeps us. Faith doesn’t develop just because we face bad situations. It develops when we seek out our Savior in the midst of those situations. It’s digging into His word, prayer, and praise – those “unglamorous” spiritual disciplines – that actually bring about the faith we need to be victorious in this life.

It’s not just hardships that build faith – it’s what we do, what we pray, what we listen to in those times that matters. So when you’re facing a struggle, what do you hear?