The Best “Dessert”

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You can have dessert first… it’s the best.

Yesterday we brought up the subject of humans and faith. Candidly we recognized we put our faith in things that are temporary. An easy one is turning water into ice. Our faith is unwavering in the principle that water freezes-every time when the air temperature is below 32 degrees.

We acknowledged that faith in water freezing is faith in something temporary. We had a chance to think about faith in Someone everlasting, eternal. If we are honest, we realized that faith in God is unending, while all the things we put our trust on earth are temporary.

But, yesterday, I forgot something important. In my opinion it’s like saving the best for last, perhaps like dessert. You ask, “how could you?” My response, what do you expect from an imperfect human? Regardless of this, I DID forget the most important fact about faith in God. That is to remind both of us where faith comes from.

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What do you think? What is the source of faith? If we use simple logic (and my logic limit is simple) we conclude there are two answers. We generate faith in God-or-God gives us faith.

Examine these choices with me. If we generate faith in God ourselves, we know immediately there is a problem. For us to trust in God we must not want to be God ourselves. Have you ever gone just one day without trying to be a little god, solving your problems yourself? Sorry, but we are like toddlers in this respect. We daily say to God, “I’ll do it myself!” See the problem? How can we have faith in God if we are trusting ourselves? We cannot generate faith.DSC_0091_917sig

At this point we know the other answer is best. This truth should give us both great peace of mind. God gives us faith. Perhaps you wonder what does it cost? It was costly for Jesus, He painfully died for us on a cross to save us from our sin of making ourselves little Gods. Then He gives us faith-free. True faith is a gift from God. Jesus initiates and perfects our faith. He is our faith champion, and our Savior.

Would you want it any other way? We know our hearts. We’d rather not admit it but our default setting is to be a little god. This news, that Jesus gives us faith is eternally better than dessert.

Faith, it’s eternal dessert, better than all desserts. Served by an eternal loving Father God. It’s not fattening, but it is addicting. If you want more, ask God. He freely gives us faith and then, by his great love, he GROWS our faith. It’s called sanctification, God’s process of making us holy.

Why the photos with these words? They are evidence of God’s love. Examine them, the earth is full of the steadfast love of God-the same God who saves us and gives us faith far greater than all the earthly things we put our faith in. Faith is like the best dessert, but it is eternal, free, and life changing.DSC_0084_912sig

Humans and Faith

The first winter cold has fastened its grip on us. Snow is on the ground. Yes, it feels like winter. This cold day has me thinking about faith. Don’t shake your head.  Faith goes well with cold. One reason is heat. Stay with me, no head shaking. Northland dwellers rely on sources of heat to keep homes warm. When cold increases, it is wonderful, even life-saving, when we can touch the thermostat and raise the inside temperature. We have faith heat is on the way.

What is faith?  My choice of the best two words synonymous with faith are confidence and trust. But reliance, conviction and belief are excellent ways to comprehend faith. We put our faith in an enormous number of things each day. We have faith that water will come from the faucet when we thirst. We have faith that the lights will come on when we flip a switch. I thank my friend Rick who works for a power company for “keeping the lights on.” We even exhibit faith as we move to a chair to sit down. We even expect the chair to hold us. Daily we display faith just by living.

We exhibit everyday faith on a larger scale with nature. Actually, this would be an amazing exercise for all of us. How many things in nature do we “believe” and “trust” will happen? These are things we do nothing about. A few come to mind. We put water in our freezer and expect it to become ice. We awaken in the morning and breathe. There is never a question, “will there be enough oxygen?” Never do we debate if the sun will rise. It always peeks above the horizon at the time predicted. Yes, it is so regular we are able to make sunrise/sunset tables. Consider one more, your heart. No human ever has the ability to will their heart to beat. Yes, we can do things which affect heart rate, but the life-long beating of the human heart is both a gift and an act of everyday faith.sunrise matt hendricks2

Author and speaker, Ravi Zacharias has written the book The Grand Weaver. It is worth picking up a copy. In it Zacharias quotes essayist F.W. Boreham. Zacharias paraphrases Boreham’s words about faith with these words. “Faith is actually the mainspring of the universe, the sheet anchor of civilization.”

We put faith in so many things. Have you considered what is often the most difficult for us to have faith in? My small man submission, it’s God. Amazing, isn’t it, we trust that the sun will rise and set, we trust there will be oxygen to breath in, and our hearts to beat. We never have to think about it. But we waver when we consider faith in God who makes all of these possible. Zacharias’ words further clarify the significance of faith he states, “the loss of faith is a dreadful thing because it takes away hope and even threatens love.”DSC_0025_762sig

We are greatly loved. God loves every human alive on earth today, all of those once living, and all of those yet to live. Have you given thought to all of the temporary things you put faith in? Would you consider putting your faith in Someone who could provide you with the cure for death?

Consider these closing words from Ravi Zacharias, “The Bible is a book on life building, written for us as we sojourn on this planet. Interestingly, it also tells us that the rudder and sail remain in God’s control and that we enter the high seas with the understanding that we must trust him.”  (page 45)

What do you believe, have faith in? Where do you place your trust and confidence? To confirm your answer, watch the next sunrise, observe the clouds scudding over head on a northwest wind. Know that He is the One on which you may anchor your faith. He never fails, forever.DSC_0059_902sig

Thank you Matt Hendricks for your sunrise photos!