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Faith Comes from Knowing God

For many, the idea of faith in God is compared to a trust fall. When I was a kid, the trust fall analogy was used all the time. While it is partially an accurate representation of faith, in many ways the analogy fails. Think of the often-hilarious examples from youth groups where many a youth pastor has been dropped on their head while demonstrating the trust fall.


There is a modern conception that faith in God means taking a step in the dark. I believe this is generally misguided and, in many ways, a false caricature of faith. Hebrews 11 is the easiest place to go to understand faith in its most traditional view. Every person mentioned in that chapter is noted because they put their faith in a God they believed in. None of them had a "blind faith" where they took a step toward a God who was completely foreign to them.


This is not to downplay their courage, but to say that their faith was reasoned. One of the best examples is Rahab. Her faith seems the most "unreasonable" as she was not an Israelite, yet Joshua 2 shows us that even her faith is rooted in the knowledge of God's power to save the Israelites in Egypt:


Joshua 2:10-11:

10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.


This story illustrates the connection between truth, knowledge, and faith. God had saved His people; that truth was known by many, and it resulted in Rahab's courageous actions to help the Israelites as an expression of her faith that God existed and that He would save her as well.


In that way, this story should inspire us that faith need not be an exercise of simply throwing ourselves off a cliff in the hopes we are caught. Rather, we should recognize that faith is a sincerely held belief that God is exactly who He says He is. We can believe in the truth of God and put our faith in Him. This is not a trust fall headfirst into a disinterested, far-away deity; rather, it is a full-fledged leap into the arms of our Heavenly Father who loves and cares for us. Our God is true, we can witness His power, and we can put our full faith and trust in Him.

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