Published on June 13th, 2012 | by J Prophet0
IN THE WORD WEDNESDAYS #IWW – 6.13.12
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Going into something faithfully is not the same thing as going into something blind. Too often, we can get caught thinking that taking action despite a lack of information is representative of an action based on faith. We can begin to believe in the falsehood that situations completely devoid of understandable or foreseeable outcomes are situations full of the Holy Spirit. We can jump into relationships or agreements without adequately assessing their likelihood for success, and then call it faith. Sometimes after awhile we may question why we got into these situations in the first place.
But faith is not unsure. Faith is not imbued by blindness, it is informed by foresight. Faith is not catalyzed by the unknown, it is buttressed by trust – trust in God’s power to bring our visions to fruition. God’s power is central to the thin line between faith and folly. Just because something looks good or sounds nice at the outset doesn’t mean we should readily accept, align with, or put our faith in it. Foolishness lives where our faith is devoid of God’s presence.
And still, many may contend that believing in things that have not yet come to pass is a sign of foolishness, regardless of the root of belief. Our faith may look foolish to everyone else, but I encourage us to understand wisdom to be an integral part of faith. As we continue to seek purpose for our lives, we’ve got to learn how, where, and in whom we should place our faith, knowing that God should be at the center of it all. And no matter how much we understand wisdom to be a component of faith, we will lose ground if we begin leaning on our own understanding. Here is where we ask God for vision driven by His will. And then we’ve got to trust God’s will. We’ve got to trust that on the other side of our faith is God’s sturdy hand. We’ve gotta have faith!