Posted by: glorifyhim1 | August 6, 2009

Simple Faith

 

Sometimes I wonder how anything as complicated and hard to understand as faith can be termed simple.  According to Webster, the word simple means something is easy to comprehend or do. The Bible tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Now, does that sound simple to you? Perhaps not, but if we read about the examples of faith in Hebrews 11, we can see a simple pattern emerging. Abel, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, on and on – they all believed God and obeyed Him. If we truly believe God, we will obey Him.

 

While the principle of obedience may really be very simple, the practice of obedience is often difficult. Ask any five-year-old what it means to obey and almost without exception, they will reply, “to do what someone tells you to do.” Yet how many five-year-olds often struggle with being obedient? Isn’t it the same with us and God?

 

God tells us in the Bible what He expects from us, but instead of obeying, we make excuses or try to justify our actions for those things we choose not to obey. “That was written for a different time. It doesn’t apply to our culture today.” But if we really believe God, we will obey His word.

 

But even when we get the obedience part right, faith takes it one more step. Not only do we obey those things we know to do, but sometimes we have to obey when our way is not clear and when we don’t understand. Abraham knew he was supposed to leave his home and go to a new country, but he didn’t know where that country was. God also told him he would make him the father of many nations, yet he was 100 years old before his son was born. Similarly, we often find ourselves in situations we don’t understand. We receive the dreaded diagnosis of cancer. Our spouse walks out the door leaving two children to raise alone. A horrific accident kills a mother and daughter. The list goes on and on – lost jobs, lost dreams, lives perched precariously in the balance. This is when faith can seem anything but simple. Yet this is the essence of simple faith. At such times, instead of what we believe and obey, it is more who we believe and trust.

 

Sometimes we just don’t understand why we are where we are. Perhaps we don’t have a clear message from God, or cannot discern what He wants us to do. At such times, we just have to cling to the God we know. God’s word promises that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39) and that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). At such times, perhaps all we can do is wait. Psalm 37:7 tells us to “rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” God is worthy of our faith and trust.

 

 

How much simpler

Life would be

If I were the child

God meant me to be,

Totally trusting

My Father above,

Relying on Him,

Submitting in love,

Not plotting or scheming

Or wanting my way,

But in childlike faith,

Seeking God’s way,

For although sometimes

I may not understand,

I know I am safe

In my Father’s hands.

 

For Further Study: Hebrews 11

                               Psalm 37

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