The Blessing, Foundation, & Source of Faith

I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. Acts 10:36 NIV

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A halo appears over the top of Mount Ranier | Washington state | December 2018

Imagine yourself on the flying trapeze. Trust me, for the sake of this illustration it’s better if you really don’t want to be there! But you’re up there, swinging back and forth, and you have been coaxed sufficiently enough to jump and grab the other swinging bar. And you miss.

You’re falling through the air and there are two scenarios which will play out in the next 3 seconds or less. You’ll hit the net – and for the sake of this illustration you don’t break an arm or suffer other injury when you hit the net. There are yet two outcomes. One outcome is that you hit the net and it holds you safely, catches you properly, and you are safe and well. The other, however, is not so good. In this second case you hit the net, but it is defective and you crash through it all the way to the ground. The ground is not nearly as fall-friendly as a trapeze artist’s net.

What makes the difference? Not your faith. You could have grave doubts all the way down yet if you fall on a good net, it will hold you. You can also have the greatest faith in the world that the net will catch you and keep you safe. But if the net is faulty, no matter how strong your faith is, you’re going to fall right through it to the ground. Ugh.

Notice that faith is a gift from God. He is the one who gives us new hearts. He is the one who emboldens our faith. He is the one who makes the way back to him. He is the one who is the author of our faith.

Faith’s object makes it strong. Who you believe in, what you believe, the trustworthiness and strength of that which you trust makes your faith strong. Your faith does not make the trusted one strong.

Combine that with God’s power over all things and you have an object of faith that is supremely worthy. We have a Redeemer who is absolutely reliable. He is Lord of all. He has all authority. He holds the world in his hand. Our Redeemer, moreover, not only died to redeem us, but also rose from the dead to conquer the works of the devil.

Our faith, given by God, centered in Jesus Christ our living Redeemer will never be disappointed. What a blessing such faith truly is!

 

1 comment
  1. martha warnasch said:

    A fourth option is not letting go of the bar. Thankfully God’s promise to never leave us, to hold on tight to us remains. Praise God for His faithfulness, mercy and grace to us. Know that prayers on your surgeon’s behalf and yours have been ascending to the Great Physician, Jesus.

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