FAITH… We toss around that word so freely and often, while at the same time living so fearful and anxious. I’ve learned a lot about the “definition” a few years back and then even more about a year ago. I like asking the question, “what’s the best translation of the verb form of this noun?” Is “to believe” really the best we have, blah, blah, blah. Call me up of you want to petition Webster to add “faithing” to the dictionary. Ok, on to recent thoughts…
I saw a sign outside of a church. You know those signs with (usually not so clever and theologically inaccurate) sayings written on them. One read, “Faith isn’t believing God can, but knowing He will.” Half way annoyed, I chalked it up to semantics and a waste of space, but it stuck with me. I started to unpack the implications and remember the list of the faithful in Hebrews 11 (a must read)… hold that thought.
FAITH is what was lost in the Garden of Eden. We like to focus on the fruit moment, but it started with doubting God’s words, intentions, integrity, consequences, etc. Then God called Abram (Abraham), the father of the FAITH to a distant country. Genesis 15:6 reads, “Abram believed the Lord, and [God] credited it to him as righteousness.” In Romans, it explains God’s people are of the FAITH of Abraham, not the lineage. FAITH is currency that buys rightness with God (by grace, of course) not a ‘moral’ life.
Okay, back to the church sign. “I LIKE IT!!” Imagine that. It takes FAITH from a heady acknowledgement of God’s ability to a mantra to cling to when all ‘you know what’ breaks loose. “I know God will, I know God will!”
-Maybe the standard by which our spiritual maturity should be measured is how FAITHful we consider God to be? (Romans 12:3; Hebrews 11:11)
-Maybe God wants us to praise Him for His FAITHfulness more than anything else?
-Maybe as a Father, He is hurt when we think He is unable or not caring enough to come through for us?
-Maybe when we randomly think, “I want to please God today,” we should remember Hebrews 11:6, “And without FAITH it is impossible to please God.” Remember, He is not impressed with our works.
TAKE AWAY: For whatever situation you are worrying or concerned, God, our Father, desires you to relax and “know He will!”