Have you ever asked yourself exactly what faith is? Merriam-Webster defines faith as: 1) a strong belief or trust in someone or something; 2) belief in the existence of God: strong religious feelings or beliefs; and 3) a system of religious beliefs. Wikipedia defines faith as a confidence or trust in a person or thing or a belief not based on proof. It may also refer to a particular system of religious belief.
Now I agree these are good secular definitions but God tells us, in the Bible, the definition of faith in Hebrews: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen and without faith it’s impossible to please God for whoever would approach Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen! Sometimes what is required in our lives is a leap of faith. Leap of faith in the secular world is defined as an act or instance of accepting or trusting in something that cannot readily be seen or proved. For me, a leap of faith is trusting in God that whatever my reservations, God will get me through whatever I am going through.
It’s the Indiana Jones dilemma; at the end of the day there is only one option and that is taking a leap of faith but just like Indiana, we look down at the precipice and think, ‘Oh God, surely this is not possible, surely I’m going to fail’ but then, when we’re standing on the edge of the precipice, things are not always what they seem.
This is when we need to have that faith that says I trust in God. Berni Dymet writes: “It is that leap that says, ‘No matter what the cost, no matter how risky it is, no matter how much I fear failure, I am going to take this leap of faith in God.’ And when we do, all of a sudden we discover that the chasm is not what it seemed. That there is a bridge that we couldn’t see by sitting on that ledge, that we could only feel under the souls of our feet when we leapt out and walked on it. See, in our hearts we have to take that leap of faith. In our hearts we need to decide, you know something? I’m just going to believe that this bridge is there, that I can be close to God. I know I have failed in the past, I know that it seems impossible, I know that I couldn’t possibly be good enough to be close to God but I am going to believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. He is the only way to the Father.”
It is then when we take that leap of faith that we find that extraordinary things happen. We are stronger, we are no longer afraid and we know without doubt that God is with us. But to experience it, like John Ortberg writes: if you want to walk on water, you have got to get out of the boat. In what way or ways is God telling you, as Jesus did with Peter, “Come”? You can do it! Take that leap of faith. Now is the time to take the first step…
Rev. William “Bud” Budzinski