But this is a delusion. In reality I am certain of much more than it appears at the moment, and my fears and doubts are blown out of proportion. The basic premises upon which my faith is built have not moved. I am merely forced to consider the immensity of God’s divine option and seek to understand how He might be working in a way unknown to me. This is how my faith grows: by watching God work in new ways as He proves the precept of the angel Gabriel that with Him, “Nothing is impossible”! (Yesterday’s post)
The issues we have been examining are Satan’s tools for perpetuating the delusion. If the deceiver can tear away at our confidence, torture us with inequality, convince us to stop talking to God about our feelings, and pressure us to move too fast, or to pretend we are someone we are not, then he can slowly degrade our faith. But if we remember God is patient with us, and loves us through the questions we cannot answer, we can regain our perspective. The very things Satan tells us about God to destroy us can be turned against him. With Peter and the first century persecuted Christians we can say, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9 NIV)
Yet, merely being aware of the deceiver’s craft and God’s care for us is only a part of our defense. While faith should be defended, it should also be built. Satan’s arguments are no match for the logic of God, and we should not shrink from deepening our knowledge of His ways.
This need to recognize the infinite nature of divine option was the basis of God’s response to Job after listening in on his dialogue with his friends. Out of the whirlwind God’s said, “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2 NIV) God used the example of creation to make the point that humans really have no way of comprehending the complexity of His genius. In response, Job could only say, “Well, shut my mouth!” Actually, he said, “I am unworthy–how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.” (Job 40:4 NIV)
Growing in our faith is the process of learning more about God, His will and His ways, and developing a child-like trust as we wait on Him to reveal His glory in our lives. We see this maturing process at work throughout Jesus’ time with His disciples on earth. They lived in a constant state of doubt and fear, but Jesus taught them the certainty of belief by giving them glimpses of His Father’s incomprehensible power.
What do you believe you know the least about when it comes to the way God works? The Most?
Dear God, help me be as patient as You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.