Faith Is Not the Issue
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
My husband and I love documentaries. Over the past several weeks, we dove head first into films like The Inventor, Free Solo, and Fyre Festival. And in witnessing these amazing and often crazy things that people did, my husband and I were left with a simple conclusion: most people have an incredible amount of faith, all placed in the completely wrong things.
For a lot of people, having faith is not the issue. People like Elizabeth Holmes, Alex Honnold, Billy McFarland, people who up and move across the country in pursuit of a dream, people who sell all of their belongings in order to finance a budding business venture—these people all have an absurd amount of faith. They have faith in their own intelligence, in their own abilities, in their own dreams and goals. They believe passionately in what they can do and what they can achieve. Ultimately, their faith rests in who they are and what they are capable of doing. Faith is not the issue. It is what they have faith in.
Hebrews declares boldly what we are to have faith in. We are to have faith that the good and great God of Scripture, the One who upholds righteousness and cares for His chosen…He exists. And not only does He exist, but He rewards those that earnestly seek Him. This is where our faith must lie, sisters. It must lie with the God who exists, who is pleased when we seek more of Him. No, our faith is not within anything of ourselves, but is within everything that is our God.
God, rid me of myself. Humble me, Lord, and bring me low. Help me to see the emptiness and fragility of a faith rooted in myself, and show me the beauty and power of a faith rooted in You. I believe You exist, I believe You are who You say You are, and I believe there is freedom found in seeking more of You. Amen.
Truly ask yourself this question (and be deeply honest with your response): where does your faith lie? Does it lie within your own abilities, your own passions and dreams, even strictly what God can do through you? Or does it lie with God? His character, His will, what He can and desires to do, period?
Nicole is a born and raised Texas girl with a passionate heart for all things Christ, truth, and coffee. She is newly married and graduated, currently thriving in what it means to abandon all plans in pursuit of God’s will. She received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, only to be called to seminary her senior year for a masters in ministry studies. She hopes to use her degree as well as her personal devotion to the Gospel to draw women out of self and into truth, so they may know the joys and pleasures that come from laying down our flesh and pursuing God’s glory whole-heartedly.