Apr 7, 2009

Ridiculous Faith

Faith makes no sense. That's why it's faith.

It makes no sense that Jesus fed thousands with two fish and five loaves of bread. That's ridiculous!

No way the Red Sea could have split in two to let the Isralelites through and they swallow up the Egyptian army. Stuff like that doesn't just happen. That's ridiculous!

No man can be swallowed up by the whale and live to tell about it! That's ridiculous!

No way you can put all the animal kingdom on a boat! That's ridiculous!

No way that a young teen age boy can charge the Goliath with nothing but a sling and stones and win! That's ridiculous!

And that's exactly what faith is - it's ridiculous. And that's the kind of faith I want to live. I don't want some safe, sterile, sensible faith. I want to know what it's like to slay the giant. I want to know what's it's like to see thousands added to the kingdom on a single day. I want to know what it's like to see God feed the thousands.

Kerry Shook says, "When you're operating on the basis of reason, all you can see is how big your giants are. If you're operating in faith, all you can see is how small your giants are compared to God."

Give me a ridiculous faith God. I want to see God!

1 comment:

Dwight said...

I think you're drifting between two uses of the word faith. Faith in the extraordinary and faith in the impossible. Faith in adding thousands to the kingdom has some connection to human experience. It may not be expected, it may be astonishing, but it can happen. Faith in a man being swallowed by a whale reminds me of Mark Twain's quip, 'Faith is believing in things you know aint true'. The latter is a disservice to religious faith. The prior seems to be God's modes operandi