Everything I write about here ultimately comes back to faith.
My whole life is founded on faith, even though some would say it is far better to have one’s life founded on something tangible rather than a nebulous concept such as faith.
However, I am satisfied that my faith is tangible.
To me it is real.
St Augustine said: ‘‘Faith is to believe what you do not see, the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.’’
The Bible defines faith as being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Below is an extract from hymn writer Francis Ridley Havergal’s book, Kept for the Master’s Use:
Of ourselves we may have but little weight, no particular talents or position or anything else to put into the scale.
But let us remember that again and again God has shown the influence of a very average life, when one is really consecrated to Him, may outweigh that of any number of merely professing Christians.
Such lives are like Gideon’s three hundred, carrying not even the ordinary weapons of war, but only trumpets and lamps and empty pitchers, by whom the Lord wrought great deliverance, while he did not use the others at all.
For he had chosen the weak things of this world to confound the things that are mighty.
For those unfamiliar with this Bible story, it tells of Gideon being directed by God, through the process of elimination, to choose 300 brave, faithful men to take on an army of thousands.
They eventually defeated the enemy by stealth rather than front on aggression, but only after fighting the way God directed. The victory only came about through the faith of a small number of people.
Mother Teresa replied to a US senator who asked her ‘‘How can you bear the load without being crushed by it?’’, ‘‘My dear Senator, I am not called to be successful, just faithful’’.
Faith in God does not automatically transform an average person into an extraordinary one.
I know because I have no particular talents and am about as average as one could possibly be.
True faith does not necessarily equip us to perform the miraculous. But true faith enables us to be sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.
And that gives me a confidence and hope, even in my ordinariness and during my times of failure, that my faith in God not only pulls me through, but also strengthens me.
- George Deeble, Euroa Christian Fellowship