The Importance of Faith
Eds. note: We are honored to welcome Dave Pearce and his first post on our blog! Some would say Dave Pearce is well traveled: Arizona, California, Texas, Papua New Guinea, Minnesota and most recently Florida. Along the way God provided his wonderful wife Donella (28 years ago), two grown daughters now in MN and several cats. He has spent a lot of his life working in the IT industry, in and out of world missions. Donella and Dave came to stay at Redeemer Church in June 2015.
Faith. I remember from my public elementary school days when Bible studies were still organized by the school system, my teacher giving me a definition of faith that has stuck to this day. She would say "Did you think about the chair you just sat on and wonder if it would hold you up? No you didn't. You didn't think about it. You had faith that it would hold you up."
Now you could pick that statement apart, but it a youngster's mind, that was a pretty good description which worked because chairs has not failed us before. In our limited experience we could trust chairs.
Now that I am older, I still generally trust chairs. Except for the odd rickety chair or a prankster moving the chair, they haven't failed me.
Faith in God. He is infinite, and omnipresent. Therefore our faith in Him needs to be just as all-encompassing. If we can not trust God for all areas of our life, can we honest say we trust God completely?
Past history tells me that I can trust chairs. I can also say that in every area I have trusted God, He has never failed me. Past history tells in an infintely more important sense, I can trust God.
What are some of the areas we can trust God? Health, Family, Money and Jobs are just a few. Do we go into work every day wondering if there will be a tomorrow there? We shouldn't trust in that job, but we should trust in God who gave us that job. Some of us blindly live life assuming we will always have good health. Until that lifestyle damages this earthly tent, we still stumble on. This, though, is not living life by faith.
When my wife and I lived in Texas, we attended a church who always challenged us to give our money way beyond what was expected and logical. We gave our tithe, then there were special offerings and local and world missions. Now this was not some prosperity nonsense, but was instead trying to teach us a godly principal: If we give with a pure heart and without expectation of return, God is honored. I can't tell you the number of times my wife and I have given and been blessed in one way or another, way beyond what we gave.
Giving money or your time without expectation of return is a slap in the face of the evil one. Giving to Operation Christmas Child when you don't have the money tells Satan to get lost because God is bigger than your need. Promising $10 a month to a missionary, when you don't know where it will come from, places your faith in God and his boundless supply.
God has promised he will take care of us and provide for us. Even though it makes no common (human) sense, trust God and just watch Him work. It may not be a return in like form. Giving our time, skills or money may result in the moving of a mountain in our lives.
Trust God! And watch Him move. It will happen.
Malachi 3:10-12 New Living Translation (NLT):
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.[a] Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies."
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