I was wandering through some books on Amazon about how things work. You can find information about how nearly everything works from your coffee pot to your cell phone to any number of eco- systems. Of course, when I checked for the “How to,” on “How Faith Works,” I didn’t see a book there. Books exist about how things work because we’re all curious. God built into us a natural curiosity to discover how he created everything in this universe we live in. So, it’s only natural that we have a desire to understand how God works, and in some bite-sized form, even how faith works.
Of course, if we look at the Scriptures in Hebrews 11, we’re reminded right away that “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Whew! There’s a show-stopper! How many of us can claim that we are SURE of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we do not see! Of course, one response to that kind of faith is to believe that God is working with us, trying to help us get there, to grow up into a faith that is sure and certain. When we are bombarded daily with the craziness of the world, we can actually wonder if there is anything certain and sure.
One of the great historical advocates of faith is Martin Luther. He had this to say about how faith works: “Faith is God’s work in us, that changes us and gives new birth from God. It kills the Old Adam and makes us completely different people. It changes our hearts, our spirits, our thoughts and all our powers. It brings the Holy Spirit with it. Yes, it is a living, creative, active, and powerful thing, this faith.”
Now that I look at it, I wonder if I have understood just how this faith thing really works. Have I kept that SURE and CERTAIN and POWERFUL faith in my life so that I can really rejoice in it and be confident in all God has done? Well, that means to me that when my heart is not poised to act or to love or to share what faith does in my life, then I’ve got some work to do. When I let worry walk across the room and leave me in a panic, I’ve got to shake it off and remember who lives inside of me. So, what I see is that the inner workings of me, have to keep sure and certain, oiled and polished with absolute awareness of the living, creative, active storehouse of faith God has given me.
If faith is something you’re curious about, something you’d like to grasp with greater certainty, then maybe this is a good day to get out the BOOK to see how things work, perhaps starting with Hebrews 11 and not stopping till you’ve become sure of what you hope for and certain about what you do not yet see. It looks to me like that is how faith works!
Just by the way, God already is sure and certain about you…