Leap Of Faith

This scene very accurately sums up what I thought about faith for a long time. It's a leap. It's believing in something that you can't see. And I'm not the only one.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
– Martin Luther King Jr

“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog."
– Corrie ten Boom

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”
– Elisabeth Elliot

“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”
– Miracle on 34th Street

All of these quotes involve a definition of faith that has a mystery to it. And, in fact, the Bible does the same. Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) says, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

But I'm learning that this does not mean "blind faith," but rather faith that is built on trusting God even in uncertainty. There’s a pendulum here. On one side is blind faith, where we don’t allow ourselves to question anything. On the other side of the pendulum is this attitude of “if I can’t make it all add up, then I can’t believe in it.” I think the reality of faith lies somewhere in the tension between those two extremes. That requires trust, which takes time to develop. Thankfully, the grace and love of Jesus is a wonderful place to develop trust.  

It also requires hope. Hope looks to the future. Faith looks to God. A faith-filled hope looks to the future through God. We build trust in Jesus through his love and his grace, and in this trust we find our hope.

All of this requires a great dose of humility on our part. Whatever side of that pendulum you've been on, true faith requires the humility to confess that we don't have it all figured out.

So my definition of faith is growing to include trust, hope, and humility.

Faith is a deep trust in God, formed by humility, which gives us great hope.

Tim Wildsmith