Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Faith

Faith -- what does that mean? I think for me, without even realizing it, faith has meant a system of belief. And yet, that is the 4th meaning in Webster's Dictionary.

Everything in my life is being lived in a post-February 22nd way. And faith has now been stripped down to what I believe Biblical faith is really all about. Webster's 1st definition is "allegiance to . . . a person", and #2 is "belief and trust in God." Those are where my life is being lived now. Like a desperate drowning person holding onto a rope for dear life with no other options to turn to -- that's where I am today.

We have often used Hebrews 11: 1 as a definition of faith. It says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." I love the verse. But let's be honest: It sounds like a riddle. Does that REALLY tell us what faith is? Sure of what we hope for? Certain of what we do not see? It seems to me that the writer is telling us that faith boils down to a choice. A choice to TRUST. It can't be proved. It can't be diagrammed.

And while faith in God and the gospel is not blind faith -- it is still a choice to trust what we cannot prove. We have many choices. We can choose atheism. Sorry, that takes more blind faith than anything I know of. We can choose Buddhism, or Hinduism, or Islam, etc. As I consider them all, I keep coming back to this simple statement of faith: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." And I CHOOSE to put my faith in that.

5 comments:

Kyle R. said...

Well said.

Josh Ross said...

Thanks for your honesty. His grace keeps sustaining us.

Jeff said...

I feel like my faith is vanishing today. I wonder why I choose something that seems empty to me at this moment. I have hung on to David and Job and so many others in the past but not today. Their pain is not my pain. I feel like the things I have said to share faith with others has been in vain because mine is empty so what was there to share? Your words of God's silence being deafening ring truer to me than ever. If faith is a choice, I certainly have a decision to make.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I am struggling with my faith regarding my marriage. My favorite scripture comes from Prov 3:5-6 and honestly, I am having a hard time praying that right now.

randy said...

Sometimes hour hymms are btter theology than we can write. When I consider faith my minds keeps going back to "Trust and Obey" my favorite song when I was a child. I have and will choose to put my condidence in the Annointed One. Where else would I go?