Larry Sitz Kedron Church of Christ
December 26, 2013
Most things in this life can be determined by our senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. I grew up in the country where one is close to nature and learned quickly what things are real. Touching a hot cast iron stove leaves a lasting impression of what hot is. I have always been impressed with the beauty of a sunrise, a sunset, and the clouds against a blue sky. My sense of sight clearly tells me these things are real. The early country morning is filled with sounds of nature, crows, squirrels, woodpeckers, cows, and chickens. On another occasion, when I crawled into a hole in the ground to see what my dog had treed, I learned first hand exactly how truly overpowering the odor of a skunk can be. Our senses leave us no doubt these things are real. But what about something in this life that can’t be detected with any of these five senses: our faith?
Faith, as used in the bible, is a firm assurance or conviction based upon the word of God. This conviction cannot be determined by any of our senses, so how do we determine it? We read in Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” When read, God’s word produces a firm persuasion and a conviction in our hearts of the truth of his word. Hebrews 11:1 tells us faith is the assurance or substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. While I’m definitely not a bible scholar, I looked up what the root word for substance, as translated here means. It means, that which becomes a foundation for another thing to stand on. Our whole being as a Christian therefor stands on the foundation of our faith. This faith is the evidence of the substance of what God’s word has revealed to us. Faith has not been revealed to us by sight or it would not be faith. II Corinthians 5:7 says, “We walk by faith and not by sight.” If we could prove by our senses that faith existed, then we would be walking by sight and not by faith.
Some claim to believe some parts of the bible, but reject other parts. How can one have faith that God is telling them the truth on one thing but not on another? This shows a lack of faith on their part for not believing God has told us the whole truth in his word. Our faith must be constant, never wavering, if we are to be pleasing and acceptable to the Lord (James 1:6-8). When Peter saw Jesus walking on water, he asked if he could come to him on the water. Jesus bid him come and Peter came down from the ship and began to walk on the water. As he did so, he looked around and saw the wind and the waves and was afraid and started to sink. Jesus stretched forth his hand to save him and said, “O thou of little faith, wherefore did thou doubt?” (Matt. 14:26-31) Peter was fine as long as he had complete faith in the Lord and doubted nothing. Only when he took his eyes from the Lord and focused on the world around him, that his faith failed and he began to sink. Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that cometh to him must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Heb. 11:6). Our faith in the Lord must be strong, constant, and complete even though we know not where our earthly journey may lead in Christ. We no doubt will never understand the how and why of the mind of God, but our unwavering faith in him and his word, form the very foundation of our Christian lives
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455