Posted on August 26, 2009
“I’m just not sure I have the faith it takes to get through this”.
” I just know I don’t have as much faith as I should”.
These thoughts, and many like them, course through our minds as we wrestle with our sense of inadequacy as children of God. I am convinced that we wrestle with this sense of inadequacy because way too often, we try to generate from our soul, what can only come from God Himself.
Faith is not the mental agreement with a religious system or doctrine. Nor is it our resolve to carry out a mindset or a mission. It is a way of seeing that comes from listening instead of thinking.
I also see, far too often, that people think that the fact that they experience fear means that they do not “have enough faith”. What if that is not true?
I know the Bible tells us that faith without works is dead. I also think that faith without fear may be dead. If not dead, at least it is not really faith. Often the lack of fear is because we can see or reason the solution to, or we can rescue ourselves from our circumstances. What happens when we can’t see, but believe anyway?
Let me put it this way. Which demonstrates more faith; jumping off a curb, or jumping off a cliff. The first requires no faith at all because the risk (or fear factor) is minimal. Jumping off a curb allows you to still catch yourself, to rely on your own capabilities. Where is the fear (or faith) in that.
Jump off a cliff. (Don’t really go do this OK?, it’s an illustration…) You are now without the ability to catch yourself. Your resources are of no help. Only God can help you now. The fear factor increases the faith required to act.
Sometimes real faith means feeling the reality of the fear, but trusting and acting anyway. Trusting because you have a way of seeing that came from hearing and not from thinking.