Friday, January 13, 2012

Turning on Our Light Bulbs

"Faith is no hasty and blind credulity, but a sober and rational assent of mind, built upon sure and solid principles" (John Cornwall).

Some people make fun of faith. But faith really is quite reasonable. When we turn on the light switch, we expect light. We don't understand the principles behind it all, but we know that we will have light to see by, and that doesn't lessen our appreciation of it. So it is with belief in God. The wise person has no trouble in believing, whereas the foolish person won't try to understand; indeed, a person can be foolish enough to make fun of another's faith and confidence in God.

"The apostles said to the Lord, `Increase our faith!'" (Luke 17:5). Faith is the connector between the Divine and human which gives us the power and strength we need to overcome our weaknesses. If we haven't faith in a God who can do this for us, then we won't be able to live a victorious life. We might be able to live a successful worldly life, but we want to have an eternal life with God. The only way we can have the faith that will assure us of redemption is by a close walk with God who wants to have us with Him. We forget that God is our Father Who greatly desires to have His children with Him for eternity. This thought will give us hope and strength to endure whatever we face today.

Lord, increase our faith! Help us to live so others will know we believe in a Power that works for us. And, dear Father, give us the discernment and love to be a Valley of Baca for others: "Blessed is the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the ways of them, who passing through the valley of Baca, make it a well; the rain also fills the pools. They go from strength to strength--every one of them in Zion appears before God" (Psalm 84:5-7).

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