Don't you just love that picture? Doesn't it seem like our faith is stronger when we have something solid to stand on? However, the Bible tells us the definition of faith is: "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1)
Last Wednesday, at youth group, we spoke to the teens about faith. In our group we spoke about David's faith when he had to face Goliath. Truly, David had faith in God. For David, it wasn't a question of 'maybe it's not God's will that I fight this giant', it was as simple as 'God gave us this land and He is with me'. That, my friends, is what faith is all about. Standing on the promises of God. Having faith that what God says is true! Being certain of what we do not see!
Lately, God has made it very clear to me that there is more to having faith than just believing. We must 'act'. Peter's action of faith was stepping out of the boat and onto the water. For David, it was facing Goliath with nothing more than a few stones and a slingshot. For Moses, it was trusting that he could wave his hand over the sea and God would part it.
Often, we forget to act. We 'voice' our faith, but we are still scared to step out of the boat. We shrink back from our giants instead of facing them and when we get to the edge of the land where the water meets the shore and it seems there is no way out, we panic.
Yes, our faith is stonger when there is something solid to stand on, but it's important to remember that we always have something solid to stand on: God's promises!