Courage leads to faith. Courage puts you in the seat of the roller coaster and straps you in but faith is knowing that you’re going to zoom, its the confidence that its designed right and that every mechanical thing is working and functioning and that in 25 seconds you’ll be able to breathe at normal speed again…
Courage caused Jonathan and his armour bearer to leave the safety of the snooze under the pomegranate tree, but faith took them into the battle and the victory. Once they heard the enemy say “come on up here” they knew that God was at work and that nothing was impossible.
Elijah’s faith was in a God who would answer by fire – on an altar drenched with water. Natural circumstance did not matter or deter his faith.
Moses knew that God had called him up onto a mountain of fire and thunder and went up and encountered God. His faith was in the God who had called him would keep him and sustain him and the Bible says that he was up there for 40 days and 40 nights with no food or water.
Faith says if God said it then it will happen. It believes that God is good and the best is yet to come. It believes that God is at work all the time and in all things and that He works out all things for good.
Faith isn’t a what – it is in a who. We have faith in an incredible God who breathed out the stars, who created the universe, who knows how many hairs you have on your head and knows all the thoughts and dreams of your heart. We have faith in a God who loves us so much that 2000 years ago Jesus came and lived a perfect life that we could never live and he died the death we should have, punished for the sins of all the world, for your sin, my sin. Sin is the dumb stuff we do, the things that push us away from God. God is perfect and holy and could have just left it at that but He wanted to be our Father and to be our friend. So Jesus came and lived and died and took our place – its like he exchanged his perfect rap sheet for our rubbish rap sheet and now we can be called innocent and not guilty.
This is who we have faith in. The God who has done everything to make us His friend. The God who created you on purpose with a purpose. The God who holds the universe together and is at work yesterday, today, tomorrow.