By Patrick Hawthorne
I was reading an article the other morning. In this article, the author made the argument that much of what is determined to be faith by some is not actually faith, but is more of a blind belief in something. He went on to write that the Biblical Hebrew word for faith, “Emunah,” actually means, “Reliability, trustworthiness, dependability, steadiness.”
This really made me stop and think. As I meditated on his words, I began to question my own idea of faith. Did I believe blindly? Is my faith a true faith or is it more wishful thinking – a blind belief in something with no eternal value? Or…Is my faith relying on, trusting in, depending on, and being steadfast in the Lord?
After much pondering, I then turned my thoughts towards the nature of his argument. Shouldn’t all faith be blind? After all, the Bible says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:9.) Don’t get me wrong, if someone’s so-called faith is based on nothing more than the outcome of their personal desires, then that would be wishful thinking.
Ah-haaa… wishful thinking equates to a blind belief in something that has no eternal value.
In the end I realized that this guy and I may not necessarily be on the same sheet of music even though we, for the most part, were playing the same song. Faith is a reliance on, a trust in, a dependence on and steadfastness in the Lord and His promises. Faith is not wishful thinking nor is it trying to make God move to our own individual drum beat. Faith is never blind; faith is moving forward in the things of God with our eyes wide open.
Consider the following words from the Bible concerning faith. “But our way is not that of those who shrink back to destruction, but [we are] of those who believe [relying on God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by this confident faith preserve the soul. Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” (Heb 10:39; 11:1 AMP). By a true faith – Reliability, trustworthiness, dependability, steadiness – in God, we too will frame our world just as our elders framed their world. Be blessed.