Faith, Walking by

Faith, Walking by

by Rubel Shelly

Published in LoveLines (Oct. 12, 1994)

Walking by Faith

There is no inherent power in faith itself. Faithís value is found in its object.

A strong faith in an unworthy object will disappoint, while a weak faith in a worthy object will bring fulfillment and joy. Abraham is called a "man of faith" and the "father of all who believe" in Scripture. His faith was fixed on the Lord, and it was Yahweh who saw him through the ordeal of testing with Isaac. That he appears to have been so serene in the process testifies to the strength of his faith.

But even a questioning and struggling faith that is fixed on the God who has revealed himself in Christ will provide you the victory you are seeking. The size of oneís faith is thus far less an issue than its object.

Garrison Keillor, the American humorist, made this serious comment about faith in troubled times: "A little faith will see you through. What else will do except faith in such a cynical, corrupt time? When the country goes temporarily to the dogs, cats must learn to be circumspect, walk on fences, sleep in trees, and have faith that all this woofing is not the last word."

A female missionary to the Congo once told the story of how older men served as night sentries for Christian workers among them. They were very much the living telephone lines from house to house, compound to compound. One evening she went to the door to receive a note that had been brought by a man everyone called Papa John.

There was neither moonlight nor street light at their station, and she could barely make out his form by the light from is six-inch kerosene lantern with its smoky chimney. Thinking what a pitiful light he had for such a dark tropical night, she said, "That lamp doesnít give you much light, does it, Papa John?" "No, it doesnít," came the reply, "but it shines as far as I can step."

That isnít a bad commentary on the nature of faith. Trust God for today, though you cannot see the future. He will always give light for as far as you can step now. So believe this much, obey all that you know, and do what is right according to his will.

Commit your way to the Lord, and he will direct your path.

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