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Daredevil: Fighting with Faith



Struggling with faith has been around as long as faith has. The

ability to place our hearts and trust in something and someone

bigger than ourselves is hard and very much a supernatural

act. It’s more than just believing in something; it’s putting your

whole identity as a person into the reality that your belief is

real. It takes a lot of strength, courage, and concentration to

live a life of faith. That is why when our world gets rocked, it’s

easy for our faith to slip. That isn’t saying that our faith wasn’t

real, but that we don’t have the capacity to maintain the effort

it requires to live in it. Our circumstances can often leave us

feeling like our doubt and pain can be more real than our God

or faith.

That is where we find Matt Murdock as season 3 begins. After

the cataclysmic events of “Defenders,” Matt is left alone,

beaten, broken, and stripped of his abilities. He saved the

world, sacrificed himself, and is seemingly punished for his

efforts. We see him bitter and angry and ready to cast his faith

far from himself.

“Matt: I’d say we finally know where we stand with each

other. The book of Job. The story of God’s perfect

servant Job. He prayed every day at dawn. With his

knees on the ground, his face in the dirt. Slaughtered ten

goats, one for each of his children. Burned them at the

alter in God’s honor. Of all of God’s soldiers, Job, he was

the most loyal. God murdered all ten of his children in

cold blood. Scorched every inch of job’s land. Lashed at




his body till his skin was covered bloody in welts. God

rained...misery on the life of His most perfect servant,

and still... Job would not curse Him. You see, that was

me sister. I suffered willingly. I gave my sweat and blood

and skin without complaint. Because I too believed I was

God’s soldier. Well, not anymore. I am what I do in the

dark now. I bleed only for myself.

Sister Maggie: You might hate God right now, but the

feeling is not mutual.

Matt: No, I don’t hate Him. I’ve just seen His true face, is

all.”

When our world brings painful circumstances and situations,

it’s hard to see anything beyond the pain and anguish in front

of us. Our faith can be the casualty of our circumstance if we

aren’t willing to fight for it. Sometimes it’s that you no longer

believe God to be there, and sometimes it’s that you still

believe He is there and you just don’t care anymore.

Let me encourage you that doubting your faith is normal. John

the Baptist, the dude who literally had known Jesus his entire

earthly life and had baptized Jesus and heard the audible voice

of God call Him His son still doubted.

“When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds

of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you

the one who is to come, or should we expect someone

else?”- Matthew 11:2-3.




A prison sentence was enough to make the man who knew

Jesus best question his faith. Jesus didn’t condemn John for

doubting, He instead sent word back to John to encourage him

and strengthen his faith.

Beyond just losing faith, sometimes we are angry at God and

life. Jesus wasn’t surprised by this and He warned us in

Matthew 24:12, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the

love of most will grow cold.” Having faith in the face of a harsh

life is hard. I get Matt Murdock being bitter. He had an entire

skyscraper dropped on him while trying to save the world. The

woman he loved was gone, and now so are his superpowers. I

understand being salty, but please understand, your faith and

your relationship with God are worth fighting for.

“Blake Tower: I know you know the difference between

a good fight, and a losing battle.

Foggy: I know that sometimes they’re the same thing,

and you don’t know which battle you’re fighting until

you’re fighting it.”

If you are struggling with your faith, keep fighting. It’s not

really your own faith till you have fought for it.

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so

now, not only as in my presence but much more in my

absence, work out your own salvation with fear and

trembling,” - Philippians 2:12.



So beyond pulling my own Sister Maggie act and asking you

not to give up, I want to give you three practical steps for

when you are struggling, frustrated, and bitter.

#1: Listen

One of the reasons we doubt and become imbittered is

because we can’t hear God, or at least not the way we would

like to. The times we feel alone and entitled to an answer can

feel like we are being met with silence.

“Father Lantom: God gave us free will, Matthew. Adam

and Eve were not puppets, and neither are we. We

make our own choices. That’s one reason we pray, for

help making good ones. You should try it sometime.

Matthew: I do pray. I pray all the time. I’ve been praying

for years. God doesn’t talk to me.

Father Lantom: So that’s what this is about? You feel

God is...neglecting you? Matthew, the burning bush

business doesn’t happen very often, even in the Bible.

He’s usually more subtle than that. You want to hear

God, Matthew, you have to listen more carefully.

Because He speaks in whispers.“

Lack of hearing does not mean the voice isn’t there. We need

to learn to listen God’s way if we want to actually hear Him.

Listening in any other way than how He shows us is like calling

a random number and being upset when Ben Affleck doesn’t




answer the phone. Learning to listen is crucial. As Father

Lantom mentioned, God speaks in whispers.

“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in

the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass

by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains

apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the

Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an

earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.

After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not

in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” - 1

Kings 19:11-12.

Paul goes on to tell the Roman church that it is when your

mind is renewed that you will be able to understand what God

is communicating.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be

transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you

will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his

good, pleasing and perfect will.” - Romans 12:2.

One thing I’ve learned as of late is that when you can’t hear

yourself, put yourself in a place with those who can. That will

help you be in the loop. Spend time with people who are

spending time with God. Ask them to communicate how God is

moving and speaking in their lives. Ask them to share with you

how God has moved in the past in their lives, even ask them to

tell you how they see God moving in your life. Sometimes like

Matt after the collapse, our circumstances have left us unable




to hear clearly. We can benefit from people who love us

enough to help us hear when we can’t.

#2: Love

It’s so easy to get bound up in the hassling elements of faith.

Responsibilities, ways we serve, people disagreeing, conflict

with other believers, other believers letting you down, unmet

expectations and so much more can hurt our spirit. I’ve been in

professional ministry for going on twenty years, and believe

me, I know that people and practices can make faith seem like

a grueling chore, but we always have an anchor.

What often draws most of us to God is love and the idea that

we are loved. A God who created the whole universe loves us.

Jesus would love us enough to die for us to be with Him. He

would love us enough to listen to us, guide us, comfort us, and

provide for us. Now, we can see the manifestation of that love

in people around us. To think that love would permeate our

lives so fully that people would be able to noticeably see a

difference in us is beyond me. When we are doubting most

everything and angry with what’s left, love is still there like it

always was.

Sister Maggie: If there’s anything that can redeem a lost

soul, love would have to top that list.

Matt: Oh, come on. Even a monster like Fisk?

Sister Maggie: You’re talking to a nun, kiddo. Love and

redemption are pretty much our sales pitch.




Love is our greatest comfort, greatest commandment, greatest

encouragement, and greatest hope. When you can’t find faith

in anything else, find faith that God loves you, and that doesn’t

change.

“We love because he first loved us.” - 1 John 4:19.

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While

we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8.

Paul tells the Colossian church that love is the spiritual duct

tape of our relationships with God and man.

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds

them all together in perfect unity.” - Colossians 3:14.

When your heart and faith are falling apart, let love bind it

together.

#3: Perspective

When you find yourself struggling with faith, frustrated with

God, or just plain lost in your own circumstances, step back

and let yourself see that you don’t see the whole picture. You

are only seeing a partial portion of your story, and often your

story isn’t predictable. In the first episode of season 3, Matt

goes on a tirade comparing himself to Job and how he won’t

be God’s punching bag like Job was. He was done with God’s

game, and that God just destroyed Job and left him behind. I’m

sure being the dutiful student of the Word Matt was, he knew

better than to think that was the end of the story. If he knew

the beginning of the story so well that he could throw it in his




mom’s face, he should have kept telling it. From Matt’s

perspective of Job’s story, it was very bleak, but look at how

Job’s story actually ends:

“The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than

the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six

thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a

thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and

three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah,

the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.

Nowhere in all the land were there found women as

beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted

them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this,

Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children

and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job

died, an old man and full of years.” - Job 42:12-17.

Job’s life as we see in the beginning of his story was indeed

horrific. His pain was real. His loss was real. His trauma was

real, but so was his faith. During the period of his pain, much

like Matt, it was hard to see any reality where life would be

anything more than the pain and horror he was currently

enduring. However, his life became better than it ever was. He

had more riches, more family, and lived for 140 years beyond

his suffering. Please understand that I’m not saying a happy

ending negates your struggle, but as bad as things are, your

story isn’t over yet.

As Matt came to his senses and saw the plan and purpose of

his life unfold, he cited a story told to him;




Matt: See, I was pretty angry at God and bitter towards

His world. How could a loving God blind me? Why?

Anyway...he told me; God’s plan is like a beautiful

tapestry. And the tragedy of being human is that we

only get to see it from the back. With all the ragged

threads and muddy colors. We only get a hint of the true

beauty that would be revealed if we could see the whole

patter on the other side as God does.

When we realize we have a limited view of our situation, we

can be a little more at peace at the moment of conflict. Just

like Matt’s life started out in shambles at the beginning of

season 3, it ended in a better place than it had been in a long

time.

...Well until they got canceled by Netflix, but you get the point.

Struggling with faith and frustration is normal. Learn to listen.

Embrace the love. Keep your perspective. It’s worth fighting

for.

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