What is Faith? Part 1
This is a world where babies are born with deformities, children suffer aggressive brain cancer, car accidents rob us of our loved ones, religious violence spreads through action and reaction, and everyone we love dies.
Turn on the news on any day and see extensive evidence of our brokenness. There is no corner of this earth that is untouched. This is not how God created it, but our human sense of curiosity and self-determination broke this world right out of the gate.
We did this. And we still do.
God didn’t make robots. He loves us desperately and longs for us to love him in return, so he made us intelligent seekers of knowledge and information, gatherers of new experiences. He created us self-aware with the ability to choose. We are not programmed.
Creating us thus, he knew our sense of self would break everything, so he had already planned to come down here and fix it. The brokenness of this planet shows us our need for him to do just that. How can we get through this life without going mad, if we don’t believe there is a loving God redeeming this mess we have made?
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).
I have an autoimmune disorder. My body is destroying itself. We want to trust our bodies, but mine betrays me every day. I can no longer consistently rely on my hands, my balance, my focus, or my energy levels. These used to be automatic.
Eventually we all arrive at this place through the aging process. Everyone’s body eventually betrays them. Even yours. So, we all have a problem. Our bodies will let us down.
But we also have a more tragic problem. Like everyone else, I arrived with an inner flaw that has betrayed me every day since I was born. Human beings are not merely self-aware and self-guided, but we are now selfish. All of us. Because we are broken within and without, our emotions, thought processes, sense of self, and choices also betray us.
We are sinners. This has eternal ramifications.
This problem is why God had his plan in place. No matter what happens to our bodies, and they will all fall apart, our souls are eternal. We, our souls, our very selves, will live forever. But where?
God wants us with him forever, so he came down to be with us. From all eternity God had decided to incarnate himself into human flesh, so he could experience this broken, messy, tragic life with us.
He would be sick. He would suffer. He would be tempted. He would resist.
Having done so, he would offer himself and his own blood to redeem us. This was the only way to gain our salvation. Thus, he offers forgiveness to every man, woman, and child on this planet.
See what Jesus, God in the flesh, has done for us!
Not only does he sympathize with every experience, having gone through life in this world himself, but he offers mercy no matter what we’ve done.
And he provides a way for us to recover from life on this planet—eternal life for all who believe that he is God, that he died for them, and that he will reward those who seek him.
We have this by faith. Without it, this life is impossible to navigate. All of us need him desperately. We literally can’t live without him. Have you placed your trust in Jesus?
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV).