The Mystery of Faith

The Mystery of Faith

by Joy Hanna

“Oh, for grace to trust Him more!” 

- Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

 

A few years ago I was flying to Nashville and struck up a conversation with an older woman sitting in the window seat beside me. I ended up sharing my faith with her and asked her about her spiritual beliefs. She shared a somewhat confused belief in an afterlife muddled with much uncertainty. There are details I’ve forgotten, but I will never forgot this one thing she said to me: “I wish I could have your faith.”

 

Bring Your Nothingness

Faith is a funny thing. In one sense it is the easiest thing in the world because it requires nothing of us, but on the other hand, it is the hardest thing in the world because it requires our nothingness, aka surrender, which is quite contrary to our willful human nature.

 

In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says that faith is not something we manufacture but rather a gift we are given by the grace of God. I will never quite understand the mystery of how and when and to whom God administers this gift of faith, but I will forever give Him thanks for the outpouring of grace in my life and plead for His continual cultivation of this life-giving faith in His Son, Jesus. I know that I am prone to put my faith in my own abilities (which never ends well btw) and so as the line in the wonderful hymn “Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus” says, I regularly pray for God to give me grace to trust Him more.

 

Ask and You Shall Receive

I recently came across a verse that has had a profound impact on me: “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:5).” It is the Lord who stirs our affections for Him, opens our minds to know the depths of His love, and strengthens our hope and trust in His promises!

 

I’ve thought a lot about the comment that woman on the plane made to me. I passionately told her she could put her faith in God, but she adamantly shook her head in disagreement. Perhaps something in your journey has caused you to believe you are too far from hope and belief, but you are not. Ask and you shall receive. God the Father loves to give good gifts to his children. He will not withhold His hand of grace when you seek Him earnestly!  



Verses to reference: Matthew 7:7-11, Hebrews 11:6