Thursday, 24 March 2022
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” – Hebrews 11:1 AMP
Whenever there’s a teaching on faith, I can almost sense the tension and questions that arise in people. After all, what is faith, how do I know if I have faith, do I have enough faith, can I measure my faith against what I’m asking GOD, do I need more faith for a house than I do for lunch money, when do I need to give up and be realistic about the things I’m trusting GOD for, do I need to do something, in particular, to prove that I have tons of faith, etc.
So many questions yet the answer is so simple. Maybe a little too simple considering humans generally want to feel in control of their lives. So telling anyone that faith is to simply BELIEVE is not always a satisfactory answer. And this is one of the reasons why the occult is such a multi-million rands industry. It makes more sense to the human mind to be told “wash with this 3 times a day. Gargle with that and burn this and dance around that while chanting all sorts of things and BOOM!! You’ll see a breakthrough”
How complicated human beings like to be. Faith requires humility and trust that knows and understands that nothing we want or need is impossible for the One who created Heaven and earth. We need to only believe that His love for us and His need to see us prosper is greater than any level of doubt we might have. “but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.” Psalm 147:11 ESV.
Some of my greatest lessons on faith have come from observing my kids. They have always believed without flinching what I promise them. And even with the passing of time, they continue to trust that what I have said will happen. This has inspired me to hold on to God’s promises even in moments that say otherwise. Every night when we pray with the young ones, my son asks for a hoverboard and a police car. It’s been months and his prayer has not changed. And every time we say amen he shouts with the same enthusiasm and joy he did when he first believed GOD would surprise him with these two gifts. “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever does not receive and welcome the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” Mark 10:15 AMP.
Unless we walk and talk as those who have already received, we will continue to miss out on or delay what GOD has so freely given. As a parent, there’s so much I want to give my children even if it’s only for the pleasure of seeing them happy. And as a child of GOD, I imagine He feels the same about me. So why then would we not want to believe Him? To trust that He is not only able but more than keen to do exceedingly above anything we can hope or think. Maybe it starts with first believing that He is love and that we are the objects of that love. Then that in itself should bring to an end the whole faith dilemma that has people thinking they need to jump through hoops of fire to get God’s attention. Faith is the only currency that Heaven understands and makes all things in our lives possible.
Unless we walk and talk as those who have already received, we will continue to miss out on or delay what GOD has so freely given