Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and
assurance about what we do not see.
This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,
so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Hebrews 11:1-3 (NIV-emphasis mine)
If you look up the word faith in the dictionary you will find many definitions.
My favorite definition is: “complete confidence or trust in a person, remedy, etc.” Complete can be defined as: “having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full: a complete set of Mark Twain’s writings.”
Billy Graham wrote in two different devotional books
“God values faith, our trust in Him,
above every other character quality
that a Christian can develop.”
Is my faith strong enough?
Is it deep enough?
Can I really live this “faith-filled life” I hear about?
Lacking nothing confidence…that HE is all I need. That HE can take care of everything.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your
faith produces perseverance.
I’ve read that Dwight L. Moody said there are three kinds of faith in Christ:
1. Struggling faith, like a man in deep water desperately swimming.
2. Clinging faith, like a man hanging to the side of a boat.
3. Resting faith, like a man safely within the boat (and able to reach out with a hand to help someone else get in).
When I think of rest I think of sleep, being refreshed, feeling good, peaceful. That is the kind of faith that I want…a resting faith. An abiding faith…knowing that HE is in charge and my worrying about it – whatever it is – won’t help.
Lord, I know that the only way to arrive at this place of resting faith is to let it be. To let go. To give it all to you. And leave it there. Then and only then can I achieve the kind of faith that is freeing, where I rest totally in you.
I have had this post partially composed in my drafts folder for sometime. I still don’t feel that it is exactly right, but I feel it is time to post it. The Lord has been so incredibly faithful – no big surprise there! – faithful in helping me overcome some doubts and fears. I really am trying to achieve a RESTING FAITH.
Resting faith…it even sounds good!
What kind of faith do you have?
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