Faith is hard.
No really. Seriously. Faith is hard.
I’m shocked by how many people think it’s easy and further shocked by people’s responses to those who have doubts.
Faith can’t even live in a place without doubt.
We are a physical people who mind physical things.
Our modern scientific method has become our test for all things. “If there’s no physical proof; then it’s false.”
This is said with no physical proof that this is the case!
Granted, you can certainly learn things by making observations, not against that. But observing things can’t prove everything that needs proving.
At a certain point you will run out of physical proofs and yet still have questions left.
Faith, biblically speaking, is not taking a blind leap.
Faith is taking someone else’s word for something. A something that, although not proved, can still be found to be logical or not and then believed or not.
There is a dehumidifier running next to me as I write this.
You have no idea if that is true or not. So, how do you know I’m telling the truth?
Well, first of all, why would I lie about that? Is there anything I benefit from by saying that if it isn’t true? Has your past experience with me shown that I lie about stuff?
Second, am I known to be a believer in the effectiveness of dehumidifiers in basements? Yes I am. You can ask anyone who’s been in my basement if there is a dehumidifier there. Evey basement I’ve ever been in control of has had a dehumidifier.
Third, you can find out when I wrote this and see what the weather was. I am writing this on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. You can look up the weather and see that we had torrential downpours all last night. If a dehumidifier were to be running, it would certainly be on the day after a night of torrential downpours.
So, do you think there is a dehumidifier running in my basement as I type this? Am I telling the truth? You can’t know for sure, but you can analyze these points and probably believe that there is a dehumidifier running next to me.
At a certain point, with all the above facts taken into consideration, you still need to believe what I said.
Faith comes by hearing. We walk by faith, not by sight. Faith is the evidence of things not seen.
If you were standing next to me right now you would hear the dehumidifier running and you can see it shaking in the corner and see drops of water falling into its reservoir. Therefore, at that point when you see the thing in action, you no longer need faith; you just know.
Seeing is not believing. Seeing is the end of believing.
That’s why faith is hard. Faith believes what it cannot see. If I can’t see it, I must take someone’s word for it.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Is God known for lying? Does God say His word is true? Do you know everything the Bible says is true?
You can’t know it’s true for sure with absolute, infallible, physical proofs, but you can take someone else’s word for it and trust that they do know. That’s what faith does!
Faith says, “I don’t know, but I believe you do, so I’ll go with what you say.” Faith is humble and dependent. That’s why faith is hard!
If you don’t find faith hard, there’s a chance you aint doing it!