emilynisch

A Tidbit on Faith

In Christianity, Life on July 24, 2009 at 10:49 am

As I wrote in a recent post, I’ve been through a number of situations recently that have been trying to me.

This doesn’t fall under most people’s idea of a trying situation, but I don’t like flying. Each time I get ready to fly somewhere (as I recently did to Michigan), I have to go through an exercise of faith. In the end, I have to decide that I can’t base my choice about whether I will get on the plane on my knowledge of whether it will land safely, but on my belief that God is good and in control. It’s his decision what happens to me.

I recently realize that this is what I do every day. I operate not on my own knowledge of how things will be, but on my knowledge of who God is. What’s happening here is exactly what James says to do:

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:22-4

Every time I choose to trust God, or choose something that he tells me to choose (despite my preference for something else) I am choosing to not deceive myself; I’m working out my faith. 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