What is faith? Do you have faith? If so, faith in what? If you believe what the world tells us these days, Christians are the most foolish of people. We are willfully blind, trusting in our own self-fabricated fictional “make-believe friend,” because we are too weak to face reality alone. Is this true, though—is this an accurate assessment of the validity of our faith?
“You give strength to your people, Lord, and You save and protect Your chosen ones.” (Psalms 28:8 CEV)
Christians are not foolish to trust in God. Why? Because He exists and “He saves and protects His chosen ones.” How do we know? Through each and every personal experience we live through trusting in Him and seeing Him act on our behalf! But isn’t this just our imagination—you know, like a Rorschach Test where you see what you want in the blotches of ink? No, it is not, because God actively bails us out of situations we could not get ourselves out of by conjuring up a fictional deity.
I know unbelievers will discredit the Bible as an evidentiary source, but it is factual. Remember the story of Elisha’s servant who was terrified seeing an enemy army camped around them—how God allowed him the privilege of then seeing His angelic armies camped around the enemy armies! That’s so often our reality too; maybe not an entire army of angelic help, but God has forces at work on our behalf protecting and defending His own that we are mostly oblivious to.
How do we know? I believe there are times when, like with Elisha’s servant, He allows us a moment of grace to truly comprehend exactly how powerful and active He is on our behalf—He opens the eyes of our faith and we get a more accurate glimpse of our Defender and Protector God!
God loves us! He loves His people! He loves those who look to Him for help, those who trust that He does. Have you read the Psalms of David? Not just read through them, but really read them? There was a man who trusted God; who had a real, living relationship with Him.
David’s degree of faith and trust in God is amazing. Through everything he went through in his life, He knew without a shadow of a doubt that God had called Him and was with him regardless of what happened. He trusted so implicitly that when he sinned and was given a choice of punishment, He chose the one he felt God most directly controlled:
“Gad went to David and told him: You must choose how the Lord will punish you: Will there be three years when the land won’t grow enough food for its people? Or will your enemies constantly defeat you for three months? Or will the Lord send a horrible disease to strike your land for three days? Think about it and decide, because I have to give your answer to God who sent me. David was miserable and said, “It’s a terrible choice to make! But the Lord is kind, and I’d rather be punished by him than by anyone else.” (1 Chronicles 21:11-13 CEV)
That’s the kind of relationship he had with God; even when he had sinned, David knew to cast himself on His mercy! And he was correct; God had relented and stopped the plague early.
God loves us; He loves His people! Regardless of what happens to us, He is our Defender and Protector. Sometimes we may not feel like He is because we don’t physically see Him, but He might as well be visible, as active and present on our behalf as He is!
But why does the world try to make us feel foolish for trusting in God? Only because they don’t know Him—they haven’t experienced His assistance and protection, so they imagine Him fictional. But this, like everything else in life, is a “seeing is believing” kind of thing. Once you see Him do miracles on your behalf you can’t disbelieve anymore—you’re compelled to come to the conclusion that visible or not, God is nonetheless an incredibly real Entity. Not in my mind, but in reality—and that He exists completely apart from me, because He was from eternity past!
So do you have faith in God through Jesus our Lord? I hope you do, because then He will defend and protect you too! Not always from every unpleasant of even miserable circumstance of life; some are self-inflicted, some are necessary for me or someone else to grow in faith or even come to faith. God does not get us out of every painful situation we’d rather avoid. What He does, however, is bring us through them, and when we’re really in a bind and have no where else to turn and cry out to Him—He is incredibly merciful, and if there’s any way that it is okay for us to avoid the situation, He helps!
Dear Lord God,
Help me know and love You like Your people of old knew and loved you—like King David did; like Abraham did. Help me see You act on my behalf, and trust and love You forever! Amen.