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.
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.”
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.
Thank you Matt Hendricks for your sunrise photos!