Friday, April 11, 2008

The Solid Rock



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!

11 comments:

Tanya said...

Amen, sister. Love Tanya

Lori said...

Great post! We are to see all things the way the Lord does, "the end from the beginning". Easier said that done for me!

CDCVersion said...

Good devotional material here, Heather! Great post on faith, and the cartoon says it all! I enjoyed this post!

Susan said...

Great post. We just had this talk with the girls the other day about how God doesn't let us peek ahead and know what is going to happen. We told them if he did we would never have to have faith because wew would know everything in advance that was going to happen. He wants us to trust him and step out in faith.

P.s. It would be nice though to peek into the future and see if there are any boys out there for us.

Indian Lake Papa said...

I use to want to have a peek at the future, but as I look back after 64 years, I am afraid I would have allowed the blessings be over ridden by the frightful things ahead. Those are also out there. But Christ is there with us. Now I reflect back and focus more on the blessings He has given us. Great post!

Sharon said...

Thank you for the great post. I needed that today! Especially with us looking for a house and having faith about it that God has a plan and He will work it all out for us even better than we could hope for!

Have a happy weekend! Sharon

Darla said...

Get out of the boat! LOL I love that phrase..in the words of Rich Mullens..."step out of boat before you claim to walk on water"...faith is an action verb!

Heidi said...

Faith is a substance of EVERYTHING we do.

Difficult at times... but over its the substance of my life.

Awesome and Great post!!

Love ya

Tam said...

LOVE this post! I was listening to a speaker on the radio today talking about faith and it reminded me that it takes a lot more "faith" to not believe in anything (which really is impossible but many insist they don't put their faith in anything) but to not have anything concrete to base you existence on...thats faith...thats gutsy! I choose HIS word and truth over anything!

Robin said...

Great post! Love the cartoon and so relate to it! Your words of wisdom are terrific! Thank you so much for sharing!

Life Adapted said...

Hi, I like this blog. Unless we are standing on solid ground (God's promises) we standing on sinking sand, and that's just not cool.
Be blessed.