FF40 – Day 1 on Faith | From Dr. Todd Lake

DAY 1 – FAITH

Exodus 33:14 | Psalm 62:1-2 | Romans 8:28

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly, he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

Coming to college is often a real challenge to faith. But part of the challenge
comes from a widespread misunderstanding of what “faith” means. In our
culture, “faith” often is assumed to be an unwavering, internal certainty that
leaves us doubt-free about God, the future, and what we should do next.

But throughout the life of Jesus, his closest followers never had that kind
of faith. Instead, we hear them saying things like, “increase our faith” and
“I believe, help my unbelief.” Even after seeing Jesus alive from the dead,
we are told about those who worshiped him: “many believed, but some
doubted.” Nowadays, many assume we either worship or doubt, but not
both at the same time!

Jesus tried to prepare us for how wavering our faith might be. He said that
all we needed was the tiniest little bit of faith imaginable–the size of the
smallest seed–and God can take it from there. For faith is not something we
have that allows God to be at work in our lives. Faith is rather a way of saying
that we are dimly aware that God just may be up to something in our lives
and the life of the world.

Like the old slogan says, the question isn’t, “How much do I believe in
God?” but “How much does God believe in me?”  And the answer to that
question is not an intellectual argument or an internal conviction, it is Jesus
himself. It is not our faith that saves us, it is Jesus. It is not our love for God
that matters, for “this is love, not that we loved God, but that God loved
us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  Our level of faith
cannot add to this reality nor detract from it.

So worshiping him (even while doubting), engaging with the written word
of God (even while our faith is almost invisible) and sharing life with God
and others in prayer will lead to what Psalm 62 promises:  rest for our weary
souls, a Rock to rely on in the storms of life, and salvation from all that would
destroy us. This is not thanks to our feeble faith, but thanks to living a life
engaged with the God who is there–even when we are not so sure.

Todd Lake
VP for Spiritual Development

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