But 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 diligently seek Him.
Everytime youngest granddaughter comes over we read how Sal and her Mama pick Maine wild blueberries to can for winter, only Sal eats more than she picks. Mama and Sal run into Mama Bear and Baby Bear who love the Maine blueberries too.
Recently granddaughter had a playdate with a new little friend named Nora. Nora has short blond hair and blue eyes. My daughter hears granddaughter calling Nora “Sal”. She corrects her and tells her that her new friend’s name is Nora, whereupon my granddaughter, who has decided that if she looks like Sal her name must be Sal, insists on continuing to call her Sal.
Faith is not so mysterious and hard to grasp as we make it. The verse in Hebrews defines it in a simple way we can grasp and hold on to. Faith is simply believing God is Who He says He is, and He that does what He says He will do.
Too often we create a god made up of our own experiences, feelings, things we’ve read, seen, or been taught. Then when this god doesn’t perform the way we believe he should our faith crumbles.
We speak out words and promises and quote bits and pieces of verses combined with things we’ve been told and taught, our own thoughts, and our own understanding. We stand on the word, and then when our god doesn’t come through on his promise, our faith rocks and reels and comes tumbling down.
I think we’re calling God “Sal” when His name is “Nora”. If our god is not the God, self-defined in the Holy Spirit breathed Book, then he isn’t God at all.
If our god will do whatever a preacher, teacher, author, or our own opinion says he will do, or for that matter not do, and it isn’t something He says He’ll do, (or not do, “I will never, never, never leave you or forsake you.” Hallelujah!), then we’re standing on promises that aren’t promises at all.
Faith is simply believing God is Who He says He is, and that He does what He says He will do. There is, in God’s Word alone, enough revealed by God about God, to keep us asking, seeking, knocking from here to eternity to know Him in all His infinite wonderfulness. There is enough revelation in His Word about what He says He will do to keep us standing on His promises ‘til the trumpet sounds.
I don’t want to insist God is someone He isn’t, or to insist He do something that He never said He would do.
If God’s name is Nora, I don’t want to insist that He let me keep on calling Him Sal.