Growing In Faith
When I am on a plane, I am putting my life in the hands of the pilot. Do I go up to the cockpit and give suggestions? Do I insist upon flying the plane myself? Of course not! If I looked at all the controls in the cockpit, I might get a general sense of what they do, but I would have no idea how to use them in such a way to perfectly pilot the plane. But this is something we do with God all the time. We push our way into the cockpit and insist that we know how to fly. We don’t double check or even check once if the pilot flying us to our destination is qualified to fly. We don’t think anything about it because we trust our airlines and believe they have a certified expert flying us. Neither do we care to understand the ‘know hows' of flying because we know the pilot - an expert - will take us to our destination.
Why do we trust a pilot but not God? If we find it easy to trust the pilot of a plane, why not the God of the universe? After all, He knows every hair on our head and knows every day of our life before we even live it. God's word says time and time again that He will never leave us, He will never forsake us, that He needs us besides still waters. We have so many reasons to trust the Lord. Sometimes we may not understand how He leads us, but that’s immaterial because The One who’s leading knows it all!
All that I (we) need to do is to relax and trust Him enough to be seated in the passenger’s seat while He takes cares of guiding us through the storms and whirlwinds, taking us safely to our destination!
Someone might say “I can see the pilot with my own eyes, but I can’t see God, how can I trust someone I can’t see?” But how then can we be so sure that the pilot is indeed able to fly us safely? Well, just because you see him, you can’t imply he is reliable, right? That’s where ‘trust’ comes into the picture. For some time we got to let go of our fears and start trusting!
However, with God, it’s never uncertain because God’s nature and His goodness has always been revealed to use both in the Scriptures and through our own personal experiences! How many times has God seen you through a hard time? Or kept you from an accident? Probably more times than you can count.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made the point that obsessing over the daily necessities of life and the accumulation of wealth is a distraction from what is really important.
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25 NLT)
On the airplane ride, there isn’t any amount of worrying that will cause the craft to fly better or give the pilot additional wisdom. Worrying in the passenger’s seat of an airplane is useless. The same is for, and even more so, about worrying if God is going to provide or not...He always does! It's useless to worry if God is going to protect or provide because His word says He will and His word is truth.
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:27 NLT)
The airline company you are flying with keeps a maintenance record that assures your airplane is mechanically fit and they also have a training routine that keeps your pilot fit. Even if these things have been neglected, there’s nothing you can do about it. You just trust that it's been done.
Walking by faith doesn’t mean your problems suddenly evaporate. In fact, when you make up your mind to put your faith in God the odds will often be stacked against you. But, before faith changes your circumstances, it changes you by giving you the strength to hang in there. Faith gives you the mental and emotional strength to get through stuff, confident that God is working on your behalf. ‘Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.’ (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)
In simple terms faith means: a) totally trusting God b) following in the footsteps of ordinary people who did extraordinary things c) using your faith, because it is power from heaven. When the Bible says, “The just shall live by faith”, it doesn’t mean little bursts every now and again. No, it’s talking about a lifestyle!
“Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33 NLT)
Jesus taught that we are to trust God. The kingdom of heaven is our ultimate destination and we are to focus on that goal. When we worry about our personal wealth we substitute that for focusing on serving God by serving others. Jesus taught that we are to dedicate our lives to serving God and allow Him to fly the airplane.
So, whether the plane lands or falls is ultimately in God’s hands, not the pilot’s. The pilot has an idea of what he will face in flight, but God knows every detail of who we are and what needs to happen in order to make us the best we can be. So, trust Him with the details. There’s no better way to learn to love God than to learn to trust Him!