An Often Misunderstood Subject

If we don’t have it, we can’t please God. We can’t “work it up!” It is only possible to experience, if we decide to do it. By this time, I’m sure you know that I’m talking about faith. Now here is a strange thing: Why is it that we are quick to trust fallible human beings and machines that often fail us, but resist trusting God Who will never fail us? Often, the reality is that we trust what we can see, hear, touch, taste and smell and we have been mistaken many times. Since God is invisible, we cannot approach Him through our senses. We can experience Him by faith, but what do we mean by faith? We can’t “try out” God and stop trusting Him if He doesn’t do all that we want Him to do. That kind of god would have to carry out our every whim; he would be subject to our terms and that would make this kind of god less than God. No, trust of God is a decision to trust Him unconditionally! Even when things seem hopeless or impossible and/or God seems to have failed us, we will not give in to doubt or fear, disappointment or worry. We will trust when we don’t understand or when things seem all wrong. How is this kind of faith developed? It begins with a decision to believe the Bible. There is plenty of evidence that the Bible is God’s Word. We can check the evidence, and should, but ultimately we have to decide to trust unconditionally, or not to trust the evidence. We are responsible for our decision and we will live with the results of our decision. If we decide to unconditionally trust what God says in the Bible, we will discover that “….faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (From Romans 10:17). In the hymn, “Trusting Jesus, Edgar Page Stites describes faith’s determination and decision: “Simply trusting every day, trusting through a stormy way; even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus, that is all. Brightly doth His Spirit shine into this poor heart of mine; while He leads I cannot fall; trusting Jesus, that is all. Singing if my way is clear, praying if the path be drear; if in danger for Him call; trusting Jesus, that is all. Trusting Him while life shall last, trusting Him till earth be past; ’till within the jasper wall, trusting Jesus, that is all. Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by; trusting Him whate’er befall, trusting Jesus, that is all!” Selah! Scripture is the voice of God speaking to the heart of man; we decide to believe Him or not believe Him. Choose wisely!  Ron

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2 thoughts on “An Often Misunderstood Subject

  1. I have often described faith as putting the car key in the ignition, and believing something will happen when you turn the key . . . simple faith. We never wonder if the car will start, we just turn the key and expect something to happen. So often we have more faith in our car starting than we do in trusting God for things in our life, sometimes even salvation.

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