A Word About Faith

In the whole context of the couple or three “Faith and mountain” passages, did any mountain ever get moved? In all of the several “Faith made whole” passages, is it that faith which did the healing? Does faith really feed, or does God? Can faith move a mountain, or can God? Can faith redeem or does God redeem through it?

There are many who have their faith in whether they can muster enough belief. Theirs is actually a pretty weak faith in my estimation. It is a faith in faith, and faith alone is never the issue. This kind of “believe it enough to make it so” thing is a faith killer for many. It teaches them that it is up to them to be strong enough to make it happen. They have to hold on tight enough or wrestle long enough for their desired result to be seen. It also gives them permission to tell God what they want to happen and expect His sovereignty to have no place in the arena of their hopes and desires. If they are not strong enough, or can’t hold on tight enough, or whatever it takes, their faith must be faulty. Could it be that it is not what God was willing to do in the first place?

I have never been convinced that this is what God is teaching in these lesson passages about faith. In fact, I am really not sure if I can actually have enough faith to really make anything happen. That’s just not what I find the point of these passages to be. Many today have moved the object of their faith away from God and that simply has to be wrong.

For faith to have any value there must be something bigger and better than that which can be seen or touched in which to have that faith. It is just not enough to believe. One must believe in something – and in the case of the follower of Jesus Christ, that something better be someone and that someone better be God.

Be sure to keep the attention on God and not on either faith or the things that God honors our faith to do.  It is god who heals the sick. It is God who forgives sin. It is God who removes mountains. It is God who repairs the broken heart. It is even God who pays the bills. You can’t believe enough to make any of it happen unless it is God who does it. Have faith in Him.

Being a lover of hymns, I have to love the way B. B. McKinney penned it in this great hymn.

Have Faith In God

Have faith in God
When your pathway is lonely
He sees and knows all
The way you have trod
Never alone
Are the least of His children
Have faith in God
Have faith in God 

Have faith in God
When your pray’rs are unanswered
Your earnest plea
He will never forget
Wait on the Lord
Trust His word and be patient
Have faith in God
He’ll answer yet 

Have faith in God
In your pain and your sorrow
His heart is touched
With your grief and despair
Cast all your cares
And your burdens upon Him
And leave them there
Oh leave them there

Have faith in God
Tho’ all else fail about you
Have faith in God
He provides for His own
He cannot fail tho’
All kingdoms shall perish
He rules He reign
Upon His throne

Have faith in God
He’s on His throne
Have faith in God
He watches o’er His own
He cannot fail He must prevail
Have faith in God
Have faith in God

“Have Faith In God” © 1934. Renewed 1962 Broadman Press (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

See You SONday!

And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” (Luke 8:24-25 NKJV)

© 2013 SF Gallagher

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