Christians talk about a thing called faith.
Actually that is all many of them or should I say we, do; talk about it.
We are thought in Sunday School and Confirmation Class that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. You can check Hebrews 11:1 for that one.
But faith seems farfetched.
Personally, I believe that until we have been faced with a crisis we can’t really talk about faith. Faith is not a noun, it is a verb, it is something to do, it is something to practise daily. We generally do not because God is a last resort.
When all else has fails then we turn to God. And God continues to come through for us — we should be glad he does not have a human mind.
We exercise faith in so many thing that have failed. We jump into our cars each morning and not once do we think that our brakes can fail or our steering rod might break. Summer is here and we will fly off to New York and Miami to shop and take the children up to Orlando for doing well in the Common Entrance Exam, I don’t want to frighten anyone, but planes have fallen from the sky.
The point is we don’t give a second thought to these things and even if we do, we buckle up, try to convince ourselves that everything is going to be okay and think about the shopping at Dolpin Mall and Saw Grass Mills.
I think that faith is not a point we come to, it should be who we are because faith cannot be a last resort, it should not be a result of desperation.
If you get a new Vitara from Simpson Motors chances are that if it stops working on the highway or you hear a little knocking that you are not going to the mechanic down by the mango tree — you will make your way to or call the company that cares.
It befuddles me then why when things go wrong with us we go to all sorts of lengths rather than even consulting God. There is a verse of a hymn we sing that pretty much sums us up — “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in Prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, or what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer”.
Don’t get me wrong, if you know there are vacancies at a hotel, or business or construction site, it makes more sense to submit an application rather than staying home and praying ‘Lord, I really need a job!”
However, we should never neglect God and give him a back seat in our lives as we search for success.
Faith calls us to do a bit more than hope, it is not wishful thinking; it is belief just like Job, knowing that our redeemer lives; like Martha and Mary, confident that if Jesus was there their brother would not have died.
Faith is the person who, having been diagnosed with cancer, still believes in God; the mother who has lost a good son and still believe in God; the person who has tried continuously and done good, being robbed and stabbed and is hanging on to life by their fingernails but beyond a shadow of a doubt believes in God.
I could be wrong, so don’t waste your time quarrelling and cursing me on Facebook, maybe we could discuss it, but, I strongly believe that until life challenges us we are really not in a position to talk or profess faith in God.
We might believe in God, we might be aware of God, but until we are forced or put in a position where we have to exercise or draw on this faith I don’t think we are qualified to say we have faith.
Faith doesn’t ask “Why me?” or say “Gone too soon!” or “Thy will be done”.