He Leadeth Me: Lessons in Belief and Obedience
- Thursday, September 03, 2009
I remember being astonished when I was told that I was supposed to sleep in that freeeeeeeeeeeezing room—all night! I'm sure I was complaining to my sweet little grandmother as she tucked me in. As I recall, our conversation went something like this:
"But it's so c-c-c-c-cold, Grandmother! How can I sleep up here?" I whined.
"Now, Donna, you just wait a little while, and pretty soon, you'll warm up."
"But Grandmother, how will I warm up? I'm freezing!"
"Sweetheart, I'm going to put all of these nice, soft comforters on top of you, and pretty soon, you'll be nice and toasty under there. You won't be cold at all."
I didn't believe her. "How will I get warm, Grandmother?"
"Well, Honey, the warmth from your own body will do the job. These comforters will just help keep in the heat you already have!"
That didn't make any sense to me. How could my cold, shivering little body warm me up? It was illogical. However, my obedience was not an issue this time. (I would stay in that bed, even if I froze to death; I had matured in my understanding of obedience.)
But that was the first time I can remember choosing to believe something I could not see. Of course I had made that choice—to believe—many, many times before, but for some reason this memory made an extra big impression. I chose to believe that I would warm up—just because Grandmother told me to believe it.
Grandmother must have piled every comforter she owned on top of me that night. And guess what? I warmed up! As I chose to believe my trustworthy Grandmother and stayed in that cold bed, I took one more step forward on the journey of faith.
What Is Faith?
What is faith? It is a decision to obey that which is true. Oswald Chambers, a man of great faith, said, "If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God."2 He spoke words of truth. He also had a keen understanding of faith, which he described as follows:
Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense . . . . Faith must be tried before the reality of faith is actual. . . . For every detail of the common-sense life, there is a revelation fact of God whereby we can prove in practical experience what we believe God to be.
Faith is a tremendously active principle which always puts Jesus Christ first—Lord, Thou has said so and so . . . ; it looks mad, but I am going to venture on Thy word. To turn head faith into a personal possession is a fight always, not sometimes. God brings us into circumstances in order to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make its object real. Until we know Jesus, God is a mere abstraction, we can not have faith in Him; but immediately we hear Jesus say—"He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father," we have something that is real, and faith is boundless. Faith is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.3
Did you catch that last statement? He said, "Faith is the whole man rightly related to God by the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."
What is faith? It's a relationship with our Father, through His Son and His Spirit. Faith is also evidence of things not seen in the physical domain yet seen in the spiritual domain, including belief and obedience.
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