Faith is not easy. Faith is defined as having complete trust or confidence in something or someone. We use the words faith and trust very casually: “I have faith in the ability of my team to win the cup” or “I trust that the president knows what he is doing.” However, biblical faith is not casual. In fact, Christianity is based on the faith that we have in God’s promise that He will impute the righteousness of Christ onto us so that when we are judged God will not see our sin, but rather Christ’s righteousness. We find the basis for this trust in our belief that what Jesus has done on the cross is sufficient to satisfy the penalty for our sin.
As Christians, we often stop at this point and do not consider the concept of faith any further. Yes, we do talk about it a lot, but the deeper meaning of what it means to have faith in God’s abilities gets lost in the business of our daily lives.
Practical, day-to-day faith means that we can place complete trust or confidence in God’s ability to do what He promises. It also means that we have complete trust in God that He only has the best in mind for us. It is at this point where we so often fail the test of trusting in God.
The bottom-line is that God does not ask us to do easy things. If He did, it would not require faith. If God told a healthy person to get up and make himself some coffee, it would require no faith. The person would simply get up and start the process. However, if God asks the same thing of a person who is bound to a wheelchair, the picture changes dramatically. In the latter case, the command would require much faith in God’s ability to give the person the necessary strength to get up from the wheelchair and walk to the coffee machine.
This may be an extreme example which serves well to illustrate the point. In our normal lives the faith requirement is much more subtle.
We may be going through a trial of some sorts and God may say to you, “Child, I love you but believe me, it is best for you to go through this.” In the midst of this, we easily go into a mode of despair and then either give up or start making our own plans. Faith requires that we trust that God knows what He is doing! The reaction is therefore not to start making our own plans, but to come before God and ask Him what our response should be: “God, how do you want me to respond to this? What do you want me to do?”
We do not understand God’s ways. The reason for this is that we only see a small part of the bigger picture. We see our immediate circumstances and our immediate needs. The God that created the universe – including time – sees everything. He sees the big picture, the consequence of every action. If we believe that He only has the best in mind for us, we simply need to be obedient to His voice – follow Him in blind faith.
Therefore, the next time you go through a season of trial, think about this: “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 – NIIV) We may not have a full understanding of what is happening, but God also assures us that “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9 – NIV)
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