Faith Matters

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May 5, 2015

Faith leads us to trust God, even when the rest of the world thinks we’re crazy to do so.  Our world honors self-determination, pragmatic ethics, and an “I’ve got this” attitude.  The unbelieving world thinks Christians live with irrational trust.

A young boy was standing on the sidewalk in the middle of a city block.  He was obviously waiting for something.  A lady asked him what he was doing, and he said he was waiting for the bus.  She explained that the bus stop was several blocks away, but the boy politely insisted the bus would stop for him right there.  Just then, the bus approached, and in fact did stop for the boy.  The door opened, and as he was getting in, he turned and said to the lady, “My daddy is the bus driver.”  Our heavenly Father cares for us in ways that seem incredulous to those who don’t understand His ways.   Yet the future belongs to those who set their sights on things that appear humanly unattainable.

Faith causes us to take some risks in life.  If we aim at nothing, we’ll hit it!  Wayne Gretzky observed, “Statistically, 100 percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.”  Faith enables us to take some shots, to make the effort, to try.  Faith is having the courage to step out from a secure place to an insecure place, to stray out of our ‘comfort zone’ from time to time.

Faith keeps us from fear.  Mark Twain once admitted, “I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”   Paul tells us, “be anxious for nothing”.  When the prophet Habakkuk said, “the just shall live by faith”, he was writing to people living in fear of an invasion from the armies of Babylon.  Faith enables us to trust and maintain hope, regardless of our circumstance.

Faith is not a feeling we manufacture.  It is our total response to what God has revealed in His word.  We base our faith on reliable, relevant Truth.  God will be faithful to us, even though we live in an uncertain world, even though we’re on an uncharted course, headed toward an unknown future.  Our confidence is in His plan and power.  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Cor 2:9).