Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Skating

What is faith? We talk a lot about it. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” In some ways, that’s a tall order.

I’ve heard faith explained (wish I could credit a source but I’ve forgotten) as like stepping onto a frozen pond. You could spend a lot of time on the banks, wondering if the ice will hold your weight. You could circle the pond. You could investigate certain scientifically comforting facts such as what the temperature is outside, how long it has been how cold, and what the history of that pond’s ice strength is. You can even watch others skating around out on the ice.

But at some point, if you really want to know if the pond will support YOU, you have to step out on it. That’s faith. And when you trust God and step out on the “ice” for him, when you find that He really will hold you up, your faith will grow. And you’ll find great fun and encouragement joining all those already skating around.

I’m in a wonderful Bible study on faith called “Believing God” by Beth Moore. She looks at faith this way: “Faith is the primary means by which we place our hand in the outstretched hand of God and join Him.”

Read all of Hebrews 11 to learn about some ordinary folks who are called heroes of the faith.