Why do I have faith?
Is this delusional?
Is it delusional of me to place infinite trust in a force that I cannot see, touch, or prove – a force that might not even actually exist?
But I do.
In fact, I know a lot of us do.
Even those who don’t believe in God do, because faith belongs with that type of natural, emotional understanding of human life; it isn’t this weird alien thing far away that involves ‘special’ emotions only religious people feel.
Primary point: None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, and yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith. Every moment in life is an act of faith!
Faith is something that isn’t rational.
And I don’t care how diligently scholars of every religion will try to sit you down with their stacks of books and prove to you through scripture that their faith is indeed rational; it isn’t.
If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be – by definition – faith.
Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.
It is a way of saying “yes, I pre-accept the terms of the universe and I embrace in advance what I am presently incapable of understanding.
It is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.
I will be the first to admit that my faith sometimes wavers, particularly when things aren’t going my way. I know this isn’t right. Because faith should not depend on if God does what you ask for. It should depend on the love you have for him. And I am learning each day to love him more and more, so that I can love myself better.
I want to understand God’s will for my life.
I want to trust him.
I really, really do.
This is why I had I mentioned in the last Scripture Sunday that my focus this year will be on prayer.
The more I pray the more I will hear his voice and have faith in his will. I truly believe that! I have humbly come to the realisation that all my strength comes from Him. That’s not a cliche: without my faith, I couldn’t live my life as it is. I certainly couldn’t be a wife. The most startling thing is that I actually couldn’t be myself either. I couldn’t be as kind as I want to be, I couldn’t reach or help people the way I want to, and I couldn’t relax the way I want to. So for me, faith is vital!
It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen.
It was by faith that Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. God said he was pleased with the gifts Abel offered and called Abel a good man because of his faith. Abel died, but through his faith he is still speaking.
Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find him
It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.
It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.
It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise.
All these people died still believing what God had promised them.
They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it.
How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Moses, Gideon, Samson, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.
By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword.
Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.
We should try to do the same.
I couldn’t care less about evidence, proof and assurances.
I just want God.
I want God inside me.
I want God to play in my blood stream the way sunlight amuses itself in water.
I want to have faith! I want to have more faith!
And I am sure you do too 🙂
Happy Resurrection Day!!
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