Everything we do in life takes faith.
But what exactly is faith?
According to Hebrews 11:1
“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and reassurance about what we do not see.”
Clear and simple.
In the physical, it takes faith to sit on a chair or cross a bridge, believing they will hold up and not collapse under us. It takes faith to stand on our feet believing we will move from step to step and our legs will carry us. This faith is also required in our spiritual life. It is by this same faith we believe that God not only exist but that His Son, Jesus Christ, died to pay our unpayable debt for salvation.
However, it is one thing to believe and receive our salvation that one time, which in of itself is huge. But it takes the persistent act of faith to live out our salvation every single moment of every single day.
I believe that as we live by faith daily, we are able to take our life out of the natural and step into the supernatural. We learn to believe in God and His word above all human reasoning, knowing that as we flex our faith muscles, our relationship with our Saviour is taken to a higher level.
We basically enter the realm where miracles happen. You see, we do not know in advance how things will work out but we can rest in the reassurance that God has our back no matter what. This is where we discover that true faith, when it is acted out in obedience and full surrender to God, will bring forth the unexplainable.
This leads me to say this… faith is not logical.
We tend to want to trust in our own reasoning and what makes sense to us but faith does not operate this way. The act of true faith defies logic, sometimes leaving us incapable of grasping or comprehending the miraculous events that can take place when we choose to believe.
There are many such examples of true faith written in the bible. Recorded for us to be encouraged and to have hope in a God with whom nothing is impossible.
For instance, in Exodus 13 & 14, we read about the Israelites being led by Moses out of Egypt and away from the bondage of Pharoah. But the Egyptian army gave chase and Moses and the Israelites were trapped between that same army and the Red Sea.
With nowhere to go Moses cried out to God, desperate for His intervention. In obedience to God’s instructions, Moses held out his staff and the Red Sea parted, allowing the Israelites to walk across the exposed ground. When they had all crossed from one side to the next, Moses once again held out his staff and the sea closed back in drowning the Egyptian army that was in hot pursuit.
We also read in Joshua 6: 1-27 how this same people of Israel, now led by Joshua, could not enter into Canaan. This was the land promised to them by God, but the city was surrounded by a high, strong wall that was built as protection against their enemies. Although it was not impossible to penetrate this wall, any method used in an attempt to do so could have taken many weeks or months and the possibility of loss of lives.
So, God instructed Joshua to have his people march silently around the walls for 6 days and on the 7th day to shout. In obedience, the people did as they were told and witnessed the city walls collapse, leading them to a victorious takeover.
In both these events, I can see how God’s instructions would seem foolish to our human mind.
What did you say Lord? Hold out my staff towards the sea? March around this massive wall and then shout?! It doesn’t make sense!
But true faith does not need to make sense. True faith is acting on what we believe in. Actually, let me rephrase that. True faith is acting on whom believe in. As we study God’s word and grow in the knowledge of who He is, and as we prayerfully seek Him, we learn to act and live by faith.
It is a daily choice we make to walk in obedience to His word and His directions without fully knowing the outcome. As we practice stretching our faith muscles through the little every day things, our faith grows and we are better prepared to face the bigger challenges, that undoubtedly, will come our way.
Not only that, but the more often we flex our faith muscles, the more inclined we are to remain hopeful, especially in those times when God’s plans and purposes are not readily made clear to us.
No matter how we look at it, it takes some level of faith to endure and survive this life’s journey. Whether we are merely attempting to sit on a chair or needing to cross the red sea. But, what is definitely clear here, is that when it comes to living by faith, it is demonstrated by our obedience to God.
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
So come on, let us journey together by faith today. God bless you!