The F*%@ Word!
What is FAITH? The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” This basically means believing in something even though you can’t see it. As a Christian (or really any religion) this is one of the most important tenets of our belief system.
This particular chapter in Hebrews talks a lot about how people from all walks of life overcame their circumstances because of their faith in God. One of my favorite examples of faith is the story of Noah. Noah was told by God to build an ark big enough to fit his entire family and two of nearly every animal on the face of the earth because there was going to be a huge flood that would wipe out all of mankind. Noah was told to construct an ark that was over 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet wide, which is basically enough to fit more than 20 basketball courts, or 500 railroad stock cars. This ark was thought to be over 100,00 square feet which is massive! How many people do you know would build this big ole boat to survive a flood, without seeing so much as a drop of rain?! I don’t know anyone who would’ve done that, but Noah acted on faith and built the ark anyhow. And we all know how that story ended up – The flood came but Noah & his family was saved from earthly destruction. Another example of faith in practice would be Abraham sacrificing his son Isaac at the altar. In the book of Genesis, God instructed Abraham to slay his only son, Isaac, as God instructed him to do. Abraham was fully prepared to do this – he had all the right supplies, he even tied his son up and was literally about to slay him until an angel of the Lord called out and stopped him from doing so. No one would volunteer to kill their own child, but by faith Abraham was willing to do so & God came thru and saved his only son, Isaac.
You might be wondering why would anyone want to exercise faith? I mean why bother praying & hoping for something that you don’t even know exists? Well here’s why: Whether we subscribe to it or not, we exercise ‘faith’ in our everyday lives. How do you know that you are going to get up every day? You don’t. There is no medical, scientific, or biological reason for you to wake up every morning in your right mind, with all of your senses intact. People drop dead all the time. Sure, there might be some medical explanation to their death, but the belief that you won’t contract that illness or disease is an act of faith. There were over 33,000 fatal car crashes in 2012, but that didn’t stop you from getting in your car, right? Of course not, because you had ‘faith’ every day that you wouldn’t be involved one of those tragic accidents. Faith isn’t just for the everyday things; it also includes things that we’ve been taught – the axiom of mathematics or science by definition is having ‘faith’ that those principles hold true even though they haven’t necessarily been proven. Faith in God means we rely on him and depend on his reliability. Having faith means realizing that God is bigger, greater, and better than we are – and that He loves us greatly.
I do want to point out that having faith does not guarantee the results that you may want. In the example I mentioned earlier, just because I have faith that I won’t be in a brutal car accident doesn’t mean that I won’t. Conversely, having faith that I’ll get a raise doesn’t necessarily mean I will get that raise either. Having faith simply means that I am willing to trust that in spite of my own actions or inactions, certain things will come to pass, particularly based on God’s will for my life. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
What’s my favorite part of this chapter? Read it to the very end: “39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”
Have a great week everyone!