Faith is the subject of so many of our life lessons. We know that, but why must it be that way? This is where we ended yesterday’s post. As much as we might wish for faith to be a once-and-done affair, by God’s design that cannot be the case! Let’s look at two of the reasons.
Life Lessons: God’s Requirement
Yes, you already know that it is by grace that we are made right with God through faith. But that is only the beginning of faith, not the end obchod. In the great faith chapter of Hebrews, the Lord inspired these words:
Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
This is why faith cannot be a once-and-done deal. There is no such thing as believing once and then living without faith. Remember, God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He requires faith in order for salvation. He doesn’t suddenly change and drop the faith requirement. Living a new life in Him is, because of His unchanging character, a walk of faith. And why is that challenging?
Life Lessons: Requirement of the Unknown
Faith, by its very definition, means any or all of the following:
- There is something we do not know
- There is something we cannot see
- There is something we do not understand
- Our strength and/or resources are inadequate
That’s the key! God invites us (challenges us?) to trust Him for the unknowns; all of them. We want to see and know before we take a leap. We want to see all the steps on the path before we take the first one. There is no place in Scripture where God provided that to anyone. Jesus said:
I Am the Vine and you are the branches. Apart from Me, you can do nothing.
God called Abraham to leave his home and journey to a land, I will show you. God called Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egypt. God didn’t tell him in advance how that would happen. Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up. When God said, Who will go?, Isaiah responded without knowing where, when, how long, or with what provisions. On and on this list could go. Without those unknowns there is no faith. And our Father requires faith.
Life Lessons: Recurring Opportunities
Since God requires faith, do you suppose He wants us to have weak faith or strong faith? The Apostle Paul gives us the unmistakable answer in Romans 1. He says Christians live from faith to faith. That is why the faith lessons are never done! Babies are a perfect example of this concept!
When the little ones are learning to walk they often fall down. They get up, take another step or two, and they fall down again. That is a beautiful picture of living from faith to faith. The longer the toddler does that the better they can walk. The faltering steps of our toddlers hold another tremendous lesson for the Church! But that’s for another time.
When do my faith lessons end? When do yours end? When faith becomes sight. When is that? When we see Him face to face and know as we are known. Until then, get comfortable with not knowing. You don’t have to know everything on the path. You just have to know and trust Who is leading you. And don’t be frustrated when your recurring faith lesson comes around again. Take encouragement from those toddlers. You are just getting better at that which pleases your Father!