I had a student who professed he had little faith in anything. According to him he was a practical man who had to personally experience things. He seemed puzzled when I asked him to explain the difference between a one dollar bill and a twenty dollar bill. Because we can obtain twenty times something with the twenty dollar bill than we can with a one dollar bill certainly there has to be a difference in their value. But they are both made of the same kind of paper and are the same size and weight. There is no intrinsic difference. The only differences are the ink patterns. My practical student displays faith every time he purchases something. He has faith in the power of the United States Federal Reserve Bank.
Next, I asked if he ever flew anywhere. To do so requires faith in the competence and sobriety of the pilots, the mechanics, the air traffic controllers, the manufacturer of the fuel, the structural engineers and the weather prognosticators. Flying is truly an act of faith.
Everyday life in our modern world requires faith. So why not place ourselves by faith into the hands of the One who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them. Why not believe Him when He says, “I love you.” He is more trustworthy than any monetary system or any airline team. Trust Him who said, “I am the resurrection and the life” and then gave viable evidence by raising Lazarus back to life. Jesus said, “He who believes in me shall never die.” I like that. I like that a lot.
Written by Roger Bothwell on June 4, 2015
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