Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6
Without faith we can’t have a relationship with God.
But it’s important to understand that God doesn’t ask us to jump off a cliff with our eyes closed. It’s not that kind of faith. God doesn’t ask us to believe without any confirmation. He doesn’t ask for blind faith.
From miraculous answers to prayer to transformational meetings with Jesus, I’ve experienced God dozens of different ways. And that’s no fluke. It’s meant to be the norm for followers of Jesus. God expects us and invites us to experience Him. “Taste and see that God is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
In addition, we don’t throw out our reason when we embrace faith. There are thousands of good reasons for following Jesus. Here’s one of them: From the get go, many have hated Christianity, and wanted to shut it down. Why didn’t they do it? Early opponents to Christianity could have easily shut down the faith I now embrace. All they needed to do was produce the body of Jesus Christ. Believe me, they wanted to. But they couldn’t. The tomb was empty. The soldiers they hired to guard the grave were powerless to stop the Son of God from returning to life.
Never think God is calling you to blind faith. God is calling you to a beautiful and reasonable journey with Him, enriched by experience, reason, and faith.
PS. Dealing with difficult people. That will be our Inner Wealth topic on Saturday, 8/31/2019.