Faith is Hard

cliff02A man was walking down a narrow path along a steep cliff. He tripped and fell over the side. As he fell, he grabbed onto a small branch sticking out the side of the cliff.

Hanging on for his life, he cried out: “Is anyone up there?”

“I am here,” a voice replied.

“Who’s there?” the man asked.

“It’s me … God,” the voice answered.

“Lord, help me!” the man squealed.

“Do you trust me?” God asked.

“I trust you completely,” the man said resolutely.

“Good,” God said, “then let go of the branch.”

“What?”

“I said, ‘Let go of the branch.’”

“Is there anyone else up there?”

Faith is hard. We hear God’s voice in the distance telling us to let go. He will catch us. But that’s hard. It’s hard to trust completely when we can’t see or understand why.

Faith is hard when the credit card bills pile up. Faith is hard when the doctor tells you, “It’s cancer.” Faith is hard as you watch your child die. “If God loves me, why is he doing this to me?” we ask ourselves.

We think, “It would be so much easier if we could just see.” If only we could see what God’s people of the Old Testament saw. They saw the ten powerful plagues in Egypt. They saw God divide the Red Sea. They saw the glory of God descend on Mt. Sinai.

Or what about Jesus’ disciples? They saw Jesus in the flesh. They saw him walk on water. They saw him feed thousands of people with a couple loaves of bread and a few small fish. They saw him raise the dead. If only we could see what the Children of Israel saw – if only we could see what the disciples saw – it would be so much easier to trust. Then faith wouldn’t be so hard.

Or would it? Despite all the wonders they saw, the Children of Israel constantly complained. They persistently rebelled. They continuously rejected. For all the miracles the disciples witnessed, they still ran away the night Jesus was arrested. They still cowered in fear behind locked doors on that first Easter evening.

Seeing didn’t help the Children of Israel. It didn’t help Jesus’ disciples. And it wouldn’t help us because seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.

If you are looking for visible evidence or scientific proof, I cannot give it to you. There is no pill which will make believing easier. Faith by definition is believing in something we cannot see.

If it were left up to us, faith would be too hard. We wouldn’t be able to let go. We wouldn’t trust God. But God sends us his Holy Spirit to help us trust. As we hear God’s promises – as we see all the examples in the Bible of God keeping his promises – the Holy Spirit works in us the faith to trust that what God says is true.

If God kept his promises to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – if he kept his promise to send his Son to live and die as our Savior – we can trust that he will keep the rest of his promises.

Do you find yourself doubting? Do you find yourself worrying? Do you find yourself struggling? We all do at times. At those times, say the prayer a hurting father once prayed to Jesus, “Lord, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).

When you struggle with doubt, go back to God’s promises. Go back to God’s Word. See how God always does what he says he’ll do. Through the promises of his Word, the Holy Spirit will help you to let go and let God.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1)

 

  7 comments for “Faith is Hard

  1. June 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Loved it! Having faith is hard. As a recent convert I know how it feels but when you truly put your heart into it, all is easy and well. All the things that seems impossible suddenly becomes a possibility…though there’s darkness, a light will always break through. Just gotta keep believing! 🙂

  2. June 27, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I liked the story at the top. I have had to leap many times. I have also had to trust and then I have my own direct experience.. a personal relationship. So it wasn’t seeing so much as feeling and being so open.. during a very difficult time. And again and again..And maybe feeling this and then looking back and knowing I have never been alone.
    I grew up in church, but it was this direct experience that was so profound.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Laurie

    • schroera
      June 27, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Thank you for your encouragement.

  3. Labri
    June 27, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I enjoyed reading your post! It’s really true what you have stated. It’s very hard going off of faith or standing up for God. I’ve already lost friends over my decision to become Christian. I’m okay with that because it just shows they weren’t real friends. I love this saying, “Believing is seeing.” I’ve learned to read the Bible through spiritual eyes. That’s the only way I can really understand the word of God. Again, great post I look forward to your future writings.

    • schroera
      June 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

      God’s richest blessings as you get to know him better through his Word. Thank you for your kind words.

  4. June 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hello schroera, I just had the chance to read the comment you left on my blog-article “Faith in the Unbelievable” last night and wanted to thank you for your time. I agree with you 100% that faith isn’t about what we want to see done, rather faith is to stand firm in belief for the things God has said He will do. As stated above there are those who feel if they saw the miracles and wonders that took place in the bible it would be much easier to have faith in God, to see him we can believe in him. Even if that were the case there were still many who doubted and rejected Christ for who he was despite what they witnessed. Yes God worked wonders in the lives of those in the written word, but look how often He truly works wonders in our lives today even in the simple sense that God always provides for His children.

    Matthew 6:25-34

    To be clear I’m just bouncing off of your post, it was a great read and thank you for sharing. From what I read you’re doing a great job and I pray that not only will you grow in your time with God, but also through sharing the word on this site or anywhere else God brings you to, people will be deeply impacted and come to know God the way you do. God’s got something great right around the corner for you just keep believing.

    Matthew 5:14-16

    14“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

    Be Blessed

    • schroera
      June 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you for your encouragement!

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