Nearly 30 years ago, I penned these words:
Faith is to believe it,
Though human eyes don't see it,
Don't be blinded by false rationalities,
Cast aside your fears and doubts,
And leap into His hands...
For faith is to believe
Before you see.
Many times we pray to God,
"Lord, please deliver me."
And in our minds we fantasize,
Just how that's going to be.
But to our surprise things don't work out quite,
According to our plan,
Man says, "No, it cannot be,"
But God says, "Wait and see."
We want to pack up things in neat little packages and call that faith. We talk about trusting God to provide for our needs but then when our paycheck is taken away, we go into a tailspin. We didn't have faith in God... we had faith in our job.
We talk about having faith but when we find ourselves alone, when it seems that our family and friends have abandoned us our so-called faith abandons us as well. We didn't have faith in God... we had faith in people.
We talk about having faith but when we get hurt or sick and God doesn't do things the way we wanted Him to do things, we either say we must not have enough faith or we get angry and call God a liar. It's funny how if God doesn't do things the way we think He should, we either aren't trusting Him enough or He is a liar. Do we even bother to consider the fact that God's way is often vastly different from our own? Do we consider the fact that we have extremely limited, finite minds which often have difficulty seeing beyond the moment?
Faith is not a magic lamp that we rub and make a wish. Faith is not an order in a restaurant which we place. Faith is believing in what God says... regardless of what our circumstances look like. It is to believe that even if you are alone, sick, broken and in prison and yes, even if you are being tortured, God is our Refuge, our Strength, our Deliverer, our Savior, our Shepherd and so on. It is to believe that even if the "fire" consumes your physical body, He is still God and He will deliver "you".