To Christians undergoing a trial and looking forward to an answer the statement above is bad theology. It is counterproductive to a solution. The Psalmist David wrote in Psalms 26:13: “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not apparent.” Believing comes before seeing. Faith and belief are the substitutes for the solution we seek until the time that the visible solution appears. We MUST believe in order to see the solution. “We walk by faith and not by sight.” (Second Corinthians 5:7). The old nature (person) within us is unable to exercise faith. During a trial, faith is at war with doubt. We habitually satisfy our bodies demands but we are can’t satisfy our carnal mind’s demands for an immediate solution to predicaments. Our inability makes us miserable. Yet, we already have the answer – believe it until we see it and be at peace in the meantime. Our quiet confidence will seem to others like we have buried our heads in the sand or that we are living in a fool’s paradise. God sees that we live (survive and flourish) by faith. He has commanded that and cannot let us down. Our old nature will keep trying to harass us but we can choose not to listen to it.
While we are waiting it will seem like we must do something to help God. But Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Since it is our faith God is growing, it wouldn’t grow if we could always solve our problem on the spot. That is why He made it too difficult for us. If we could solve it we wouldn’t need a miracle or faith to see it through. What isn’t possible for us is possible for our God.
What are you struggling with? If it is too big for you it is time to believe until you see. The point of it all is to see the answer in the end. The faith strategy is about thanking God for it until the end arrives. Then the next time our old nature tells us to panic, we simply answer, ‘What are you talking about? The answer is on the way.’
Knights are men of faith. We can because we believe we can. We know in Whom we believe. Put your faith (and your hands) to work being part of God’s solution for others.
Grand Knight Jude Hodges (954) 235-4524 [email protected].
Membership Director Joe Cox (954) 614-3209 [email protected]