What Kind of Faith Do You Want?
As Christians, I think we can all mutually agree that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1)
I recently started thinking about the type of faith that I have and wanted to let you into my stream of consciousness.
The other day I was listening to to my daughter ask me for puzzle pieces. I thought to myself, “She only knows they’re puzzle pieces because I told her and she trusts me.” And then I thought, “what if I had told her that puzzle pieces were actually called dice or some other noun that doesn’t properly identify a puzzle piece?” Would she go around calling puzzle pieces, dice? Absolutely. And that’s because mama told her so and she trusts her mama to not lead her astray.
I then started to think of the scripture where Jesus called a child to him and told his disciples “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 18:2). This scripture doesn’t blatantly suggest childlike faith, but it does illustrate the innocence and purity of heart that children have—just like my little girl.
As I was driving the other day, I was using my GPS. While in route, I stopped to take a peak at the next point on the navigation system because I don’t like to blindly follow Siri without having an idea of what’s to come. At that moment, God revealed to me that as we become adults we ditch our innocence and our sense of complete trust in Him for GPS-like faith. GPS-like faith is saying, “Lord I trust you, but only when I can have a glimpse of what’s next.” That was never God’s intent.
Scripture plainly tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). In Isaiah 55:8 God tells us “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” and with a father who has the foresight to see the whole picture why do we lose our ability to completely trust Him? He promises that all things work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28) but somewhere there is a disconnect. It could be life and circumstances, but wouldn’t it be beautiful to trust God the way that He intends and the way my daughter trusts me? I believe that God wants us to maintain that purity and innocence when it comes to our faith and I want to get to a place where I fully abandon my adultness and completely trust Him. I want to have faith that He will tell me where I need to go, not because I can see the future but simply because He said so. Which brings me back to the original question, what kind of faith do you want?