We most often mistaken the word “faith” to be small, but in reality we dismiss the power and significance that it carries. Some of the most memorable, and life changing experiences in my life were simply birthed out of faith. I have witnessed many situations that were deemed impossible, become possible and I’ve watched what was considered as a ‘dead end’ turn into a new beginning countless of times.
But how do you begin to explain faith in a world that chooses to see only through the lenses of “rationality”, or “realism”? Keep in mind, being rational, or realistic is absolutely important and by no means am I discounting any of it. However, when you are facing a dead end in life, and in a hopeless situation, what do you do? When you keep hearing “there’s no hope”, “it’s over”, “it’s not possible”, “you can’t”, what do you turn to?
Faith in our world today is defined as the confidence or trust in something or someone. Although that’s accurate to a certain extent, I tend to have a slight problem with the way in which our world defines faith. This discredits the actual truth about faith by implying that we first must see something promising enough, in order to believe or have faith in it. The bible in Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as
What does this mean? This means that faith brings to life what you hope for in your heart, but have not yet seen with your eyes.
Think about it, this woman didn’t walk up to Jesus and ask if He could heal her. She was absolutely certain that she could be healed without even getting His attention, for as long as she touched the tip of His garments – and that’s exactly what happened. As the bible later on tells us, Jesus looked at her and simply said “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Her isolation, and disease (which was her reality) did not dictate or determine the size of her faith. She went against her odds, and believed she was going to get healed before even coming into contact with Jesus. Some of you reading this may think to yourselves “I got this, my faith is good”, but is it really? Let’s test that for a second.
The author of the book of Hebrews dedicates the entire eleventh chapter to men and women who were able to radically impact the world around them through their faith. “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death” [..] “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family” [..] “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” [..] “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice” [..] “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born” [..] “By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land” [..] “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.”
Dodging death, building an ark, preserving a life, walls crumbling down, seas being parted, healing of diseases, restoration of life – these and many more, were all fruits from their seed of faith! So here is my question to you, what results has your faith produced today? What has your faith done to impact your life, your circumstances, and that of those around you TODAY? If your name was to be included in that eleventh chapter of Hebrews, what would it be for?
Faith through Jesus, is not being delusional, disconnected from reality, or being in denial of physical circumstances. It’s acknowledging all of that, but taking comfort in the understanding that a greater power has already been given to you to change the outcome of your circumstances, and world around you – the questions is, do you believe that?
See you next Monday!