Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Unseen Faith

Now faith means ... being certain of things we cannot see. (Heb 11:1 JBPhillips)

So much of our decisions are made based on prior knowledge. We desire a new product, so we read the specs and study online reviews. We ask for public opinion, then based on all we've learned make an informed choice.

We walk out our daily lives this same way. We buy and plan and make lists to be certain of the outcome and control how we get there. We don't want to forget anything or have to rely on anyone.

But none of that is faith.

I have friends who do not believe in Christ. They don't see the need for church or the Bible and though they're wonderful people (else they wouldn't be my friends), the one thing they lack, the thing they don't see that keeps them from God is that faith cannot be seen at all.

I have said this time and again, but it bears repeating. Faith is like walking in midair. You have nothing in your hands and nothing beneath your feet. Instead, all your weight is supported by God.

It's a helpless feeling really.

But turning control over to God is the wisest choice you'll make. He is, after all, God, and so far wiser than you are at making decisions. But it is also the most humble. It requires you admitting you can't go it alone. And you can't whether you admit that or not.

It also requires lack of evidence. Hebrews 11:1 in the King James says, "Faith is ... the evidence of things not seen." Trusting God exists, that the Bible is truth, that the insane stories of miracles and healings and supernatural happenings really transpired is the essence of faith.

I mean, a donkey talked? An virgin conceived? A man rose from the dead?

Faith comes first. Faith is saying, "Yes, He did," and taking God's word as evidence, as the ultimate proof, before we see anything else, before we know anything else, before any of it is logical and makes sense. That is faith.

And faith is what makes us peculiar. Because those who don't believe simply can't see its the power of God which holds us up.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1Pe 2:9)


Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.


Retha Groenewald said...

What a beautiful post. Yes HE did

Daphne Tarango said...

"None of that is faith." Powerful reminder, Suzanne. And a good test for decisions: "Is this faith?"

A question I'll definitely be using.


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