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[August 05, 2010]
--"Now faith is the assurance
of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by
faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that
the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen
was made from things that are not visible." - Hebrews 11: 1-3
Prove it! That is the cry of our time. When conflict erupts and two
sides begin hammering at each other over beliefs the inevitable
battle cry of both is, "look at our evidence." We have become a
people who hold the visible, that which can be seen, to be more
valuable than anything else. Perhaps this is why we value money over
love, food for our stomach over food for our soul, and a sports team
over God. We value what we can see and touch and smell. We value
that which can be proven. And we do so at the expense of that which
cannot be proven.
I am by no means anti-science. I think science is a gift from God,
but we are unwise when we apply scientific principles to matters of
faith. Faith is about the invisible, the unseen, the untouchable.
Faith is about the future, God's future. Faith tells us there is
more, much more, than what can be proven, touched, measured, or
seen. Faith tells us that God is amongst us all the time. Faith
compels us to act outside of our own most evident best interests.
Faith shapes us in ways that no other thing can do. Faith tells me I
have enough money. Faith tells me that feeding my soul is as
important as feeding my stomach. Faith tells me service to God is my
purpose in life. Faith cannot be proven, yet it is the substance of
Prayer: God, please help my faith. Deepen my faith in you
and help me to know you in my life. Help me to trust in you; in what
I cannot see everyday. I pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
[text from file received by Phil Blackburn, First Presbyterian