Some folks will live a life of faith because they simply cannot understand the simplicity of the matter. The object of our faith, Christ Jesus, is very complex and the cost He paid cannot be measured, but trusting that is simple and available to all who will choose to believe. In fact, it is so simple that many will miss it, and even people who call themselves Christian do not walk by faith day by day.
God’s greatness exceeds human comprehension.
Trusting Him by faith is often the most logical step in our lives, but because it seems too simple, men, women, boys and girls cannot (or most often will not) believe it. They continue to struggle, to attempt to work out complex theories, plans and avenues. Because God wants us to trust Him by faith, live our lives by faith, and meet Him in faith, He chose to meet us not mind to mind but heart to heart.
I was dealing with a dear lady in a counseling environment following a church service. She was in tears. Her life was in shambles. Her children were estranged and she was separated from her current husband. She had lost her job and she was so fearful that with the downturn in the economy that she was never going to be successful again. She honestly wanted to trust Christ, to put her faith in Him and in His Word, but she needed something tangible. She just couldn’t get the “trusting Him by faith” part of what I was saying to her. I thought quickly, “What else can I do, Lord? I’ve shown her from your own word what she needs to do, her heart is broken, she has a contrite spirit, and I believe she is genuinely seeking an alternative to her painful life.” And then like a bolt of sudden summer lightening, it dawned on me.
“Will you move over to the next chair?” I asked her quietly. She did not think twice. She said, “Surely.” And with that simple request, she stood up from the perfectly good chair she was sitting in and moved to the one I had pointed out to her without asking one question. She did not hesitate and she did not balk or argue. “You have just demonstrated the faith you cannot seem to exercise when it comes to trusting Christ. You had no idea why I wanted you to exchange chairs. You did not know the manufacturer of this chair. You did not know if it were broken, strong enough to hold your weight, or wet with fresh paint. And yet, you simply moved and rested your being in the second chair. You exercised faith in my request.
“Surely you can see that trusting Christ, who is the Son of God, is just as simple as that request. Will you be willing to trust Him to cleanse your sins, take you to Heaven when you leave this world, and to spend eternity with Him there?” My new friend sat very still for a few moments and then she said three of the happiest words I’ve ever heard. “I get it,” she said. “I get it.” And, she was willing to bow her head, pray and ask Christ into her heart and to cleanse her from sin. (Let me add quickly here — it doesn’t have to be the same for every believer. Some will never pray out loud. Some will never come forward in a church service. Some will not tell a soul what they have done, but every person needs to make that leap of faith and trust Christ for their eternal salvation. It does help to strengthen your resolve to tell someone else, to find a church home where you can learn and grow and have fellowship with other believers).
I read in “Where Only Love Can Go” that “our intense need to understand will always be a powerful stumbling block to our attempts to reach God in simple love, and must always be overcome. We reach Him through faith. We live happier lives by faith.
One teacher wrote her definition of faith — Forsaking All, I Trust Him — an acronym that is easily remembered.
I would add for non-believers who have no plan of accepting Christ on this earth. What if we believers are correct and you are incorrect? Eternity is a big gamble to take on this simple truth.
Brenda Cannon Henley is an award-winning journalist and writer living on the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast. Having enjoyed more than four decades in ministry, Brenda shares her columns with our readers and works with churches and faith-based programs nationwide. She can be reached at (409) 781-8788 or at brendacannonhenley [at] yahoo [dot] com.