03 March 2016

The Three Furies of Heaven – Faith

Greetings Dear Reader,

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” 

I know that I have written often about the need and value of faith.  Today I am pondering how faith pursues us.  We do not wish to have faith.  We would rather know.  We would rather have all things revealed to us.  

The problem is that to live justly we must live by faith.  We do not know all the answers to anything.  We think we know.  We think we do not need faith but we employ it every day.  We exercise faith in other people and things constantly. 

We sit on chairs, drive over bridges, and accept food processed and made by strangers.  Faith is part of our existence whether we like it or not.  Jesus demands that we follow him in faith.  He insists that engage with him through faith in his promises. 

I continuously hear demands for evidence that God is a reality.  Doubt is not wrong.  It is the other side of faith.  We do, however, come to the point where we must accept Jesus by faith.  He pursues us for this.  He manages the entire world for this purpose: that we will come to the place where we put our faith in his plan for us.

It is by grace that we are redeemed through faith.  Jesus explains that the blessing come from believing without seeing.  Faith pursues us begging us to see who Christ is and to follow him.  It is what the journey is for me.  Faith has never failed me where Christ is concerned.

By Faith – Michael Card

By faith one was commended
For the sacrifice he made
Another out of holy fear
Built an ark the world to save
Another left his homeland
and as a stranger he'd reside
But none received the promise then
And so, in faith, they died.

Others conquered kingdoms
Quenched the fury of the flames
Some made strong in battle
Some were raised to life again
But many more were martyred
Midst the crowds loud clamoring
By faith they would not bow the knee
Nor kiss the emperor's ring

Faith understands and offers
It assures and calms our fears
It can shut the mouths of lions
And make sense of scars and tears
We persevere in hope
And with conscience clean and clear
We walk this fallen wilderness
With Salvation's Pioneer

Being sure of what we hope for
Seeing what is yet unseen
A universe from nothingness
New life where none had been
The known made from unknowable
And hope for the comfortless
Who hear and hold on firmly to
The faith that they possess

So fix your eyes upon the Champion
As you seek to run the race
Understanding that He cheers you on
As you long for His embrace
So hold on and do not grow weary
Of the faith that you profess
Remembering that you are ringed around
By this cloud of witnesses.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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