We all believe in something or somebody. Faith is beyond reason, although it is not unreasonable. The world says “seeing is believing”, but God says, “believe, and then you’ll see”. If we lived our lives according only to what our five senses reveal to ourselves, we would miss the whole premise to the blessings that faith provides.
Now faith in and of itself is worthless; our faith must be in something to be effective and fruitful. Faith in faith alone is a circular reference, like a boat’s mooring rope tied to a railing inside the boat. One may feel very confident that the boat is fastened securely, but if it is not attached to a sure foundation outside the boat, the boat will drift wherever the wind, waves, and current take it. So are those whose mooring is in themselves, another person, or some imaginary thing. “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD.” Jeremiah 17:5 NKJV and “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV
Also, a true definition of faith is “to roll the whole of one’s life upon”, meaning faith is not just acknowledgement. Many people claim they “believe” in Jesus Christ when, actually, they may simply acknowledge him. To illustrate, consider the amazing story of Charles Blondin, a famous French tightrope walker. Blondin’s greatest fame came on September 14, 1860, when he became the first person to cross a tightrope stretched across the mighty Niagara Falls. Blondin used a single three-inch hemp cord that was 1,100 feet long and rigged 160 feet above the Falls at one side and 270 feet at the other. People from both Canada and America came from miles away to see this great feat.
He walked across, 160 feet above the falls, several times… each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!
A large crowd gathered and the buzz of excitement ran along both sides of the river bank. The crowd “Oohed and Aahed!” as Blondin carefully walked across – one dangerous step after another – pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.
Then at one point, he asked for the participation of a volunteer. Upon reaching the other side, the crowd’s applause was louder than the roar of the falls!
Blondin suddenly stopped and addressed his audience: “Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”
The crowd enthusiastically yelled, “Yes! You are the greatest tightrope walker in the world. We believe!”
“Okay,” said Blondin, “Who wants to get into the wheelbarrow?”
As far as the Blondin story goes, no one did at the time!
This unique story illustrates a real life picture of what faith actually is. The crowd watched these daring feats. They said they believed. But… their actions proved they truly did not believe.
Similarly, it is one thing for us to say we believe in God. However, it’s true faith when we believe God and put our faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.
I made a choice over three decades ago to put my faith in the living God, the Lord Jesus Christ. And I have never, ever been disappointed or regret my decision for even a moment, for the Lord has been ever faithful to me all the days of my life.