This Thing Called Faith!

You cannot love faith and not arrive at the unfamiliar. Chingtok Ishaku 2020.

First of all, let me ask you a personal question, more like a reflection with no immediate answers required,

What is faith to you? Selah!

It is one word I have quickly and quietly shoved aside like ugly dirt underneath a rug or perhaps to that side of the house no one bothers to visit. In addition, perchance your reasons are likely to be similar with mine; people. How so?

Question number 2, how many times have you had your little yet significant heart broken by people you had high regards for? People you could vouch for and say would never let you down, only to wake up one fine morning with a deep hole gorged right in the middle of it. From one incident, your counts double, then it is uncountable until we arrive at a number raised to a power (in math) where we create excuses for ‘them’ deep within before they even act out again.

In my friend’s words,

“It took me a while to appreciate the ‘madness’ on people’s thoughts and reactions. I have over time grown into that act of making inexhaustible excuses for people, especially how they respond. Before you exhaust every excuse, I’d have made up one for you in my thoughts and walked away emotionally.”

The above scenario would naturally play out almost on a daily with people we see and easily have physical contact with, sometimes close to home too. I like to compare these things with examples we can easily relate with like a piece of pie formally presented to you whole, then comes this hurt and takes out a slice of faith from the pie, hurt after hurt, piece after piece, slice after slice, till all you have left in your hand is an empty plate, there’s nothing left!

Faith defined like we all know by bible’s standard also recited by every “believer” is the evidence of things hoped for yet unseen. Two words; Hope & Unseen, it is not present tense neither is it present continuous. It has not even happened with no definite timeline attached to it which one can solidly hold on to like a collateral. Yet the same bible says, without it, it is impossible to please God.

Third question, how can I believe in something or someone I have never even seen before? Selah!

At each phase of my personal journey with God, I ask Him to teach me a part of His nature, a part of Him I have not experienced, learned or matured into, and the most recent is this thing called FAITH. Moreover, as He always does, He sends me songs and teachings centered around my request. From the first note, word and lyrics, I am drawn in until I find myself singing and reciting them in my sleep for many nights. One of such has these lines;

“I put my faith in Jesus, My anchor to the ground, my hope and firm foundation; He’ll never let me down.” Promises — Maverick City Music 2020

The more I sang these words, the more the word Faith resonated loudly, colorfully illustrated with a tiny flowerpot with a small sprout like the ones I have at home. The more I watered and cared for it, the more it grew from one leaf to another. For me, each leaf represents a level of faith attained in God.

On days when work took me out of town, the leaves lost color and wilted. Faith like love, is a verb, a very deliberate one. It’s something we all ought to learn to grow because for a fact God isn’t anywhere near to being compared to our human friends and nature.

“For God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent.” Numbers 23:19

Moreover, faith without complete trust is dead works. It’s not a one-leg in-one-leg out scenario. You’re either completely in or not. Heck even being a Christian, is faith at work. And while some still doubt the existence of God attributing everything to either logic or science, I believe that day is coming when the line would be visibly drawn before the eyes of all men.

Fourth Question, “How do I believe?” My response has been this, “what’s your name? Do you doubt your gender? Are you sure you’re not a male? Are you sure you’re not Mary instead of Mark?” As sure as you are about these responses, should be how much you believe your heavenly father.

I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax my hold on you [assuredly not]! Hebrews 13:5

Believe that God is good and believe in His love for you.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument] Jeremiah 1:5a

Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Indeed I have inscribed [a picture of] you on the palms of My hands. Isaiah 49:15–16

Meditate on these words and let it sink in, marinate on them till you become one, bring in the power of your imaginations and shut out every distraction till you can feel these words come alive.

My summary on what Faith is

“Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, [as conformity to God’s will and purpose — so it is with you also]. So understand that it is the people who live by faith [with confidence in the power and goodness of God] who are [the true] sons of Abraham.” Galatians 3: 6–7.

Finding this verse of scripture above blew my mind and answered every question I’ve asked for a while and I hope it does for you too.

Love and Light

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