Faith is not about how much you believe in what you believe. Faith is about believing that the One you believe in is believable. In fact, you can have all of the faith in the world that your SUV is going to take off and fly you to Alaska cruising at 12,000 feet in the air. But that won’t change the fact that you’re still going to be stuck in traffic somewhere with all four wheels firmly on the ground.
Faith is about believing that the One you believe in is believable.
The way you find out if the one you believe in is believable is by knowing and experiencing Him.
It’s like when a child climbs up on the back of her daddy for a piggyback ride. She doesn’t get up there and start asking herself if he can hold her or if he is going to drop her. Instead, she immediately starts asking him, “Do you have me?” as she wiggles and adjusts her legs into place.
By asking her daddy, “Do you have me?” she is affirming in her mind that the one she is putting her faith in is faithful. Because if he says, “Yes, I have you,” and she rests up there only to discover that he really does have her, then the next time she climbs on for a piggy-back ride, the questions become fewer.
But until she first climbs up onto the back of her daddy, she can say all day long that she believes that he can hold her. Saying it a thousand times won’t reduce the hesitation she feels when the offer to get up there is first extended. She will never get to the point where she can experience the full pleasure of his presence until she takes that first climb of faith to discover that he is faithful.
Faith experienced is faith that is real. It is an easy thing to say that you believe. It is an easy thing to feel like you believe. But faith is not situated in our feelings. Faith is situated in our feet. That’s why the Bible calls it “walking by faith” rather than “feeling by faith.”