by Pastor Mark Jordan
“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, MSG)”
I had the opportunity to go down a zip line with some of our church’s youth during the Confirmation Retreat. We were well protected, trained, and supervised for this exhilarating experience. After going down the line, I reflected for a second on the quick trip. My mind went back to how I trusted the harness I was wearing, as well as the trained professional who made sure I was secure before taking my leap of faith. Trusting the harness, the equipment, and the one who secured me helped to minimize my trepidation as I left the security of the platform.
It occurred to me some time afterwards what a great illustration that is for faith. As we read today’s verse from Hebrews, it speaks to the necessity of faith in life. As the writer of Hebrews states, faith is required to please God, which pertains to believing that (A) God is real, and (B) He cares about you. You might think I’m far from an impartial observer, but I know from experience that living a life of faith is the only way to live!
Going back to my zip line experience, you can extrapolate it to living a life of faith. God the Father sent Jesus the Son to show us the way to live with God. Jesus gave us the teachings and example of service and sacrifice to follow, proclaiming that God is with us and for us. And while taking that leap of faith, the Holy Spirit is with you for the entire journey in all of its exhilarating uncertainties.
God wants to help you live life with, and for, Him. He wants to give you the knowledge and equipment for the journey, as well as be with you along the way. You can know that this is true, and that it is done all in love for you and everyone. Now, as you prepare to take that leap of faith, you can do so knowing you aren’t alone, because God is with you every step of the way.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you…just thank you. I believe that you exist, and you want what’s best for me. I know you sent Jesus to equip me for my life’s journey, and the Holy Spirit to be with me in all of life’s ups and downs. Help me to keep that faith, even and especially when times are tough. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.