Have any of you been to Eureka skydeck 88 before? It’s basically a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building on level 88 – with you in it – suspended almost 300 metres above the ground!
Now, let’s say that you went there. Before you went into the glass cube, you were given some briefing to what skydeck is.
I bet you would need some assurance that the glass cube was strong enough to carry the weight of the whole group that wanted to go in. Now, if the person who gave the briefing was an experience operator and he appeared to know what he was doing, I believe you would feel good and you would carry on with the skydeck experience. But let’s say the person who gave the briefing was someone who knew nothing about skydeck, who looked dodgy, or even worst an ex-con or a mass murderer. I believe you would not even go near the skydeck, right?
Many times, what gives us confidence, what assures us, and what gives us faith is not necessarily the object, but rather, it is who is speaking to us and the character of that person. It’s very much the same with our faith in God. Our faith is first and foremost the confidence of God’s character, of who He is.
The question now is: “How do we know God’s character? How do we know who God is?” The only way to know Him is from His revelation about Himself because there is no way we can know Him without Him revealing Himself to us. So, faith is basically a conviction that God is who He says He is.
Christianity is all about God revealing to us who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. It is not about us defining God, because our limited mind cannot define the infinite God. So, if you want to know who God is, you have to start with the Bible. From the Old Testament to New Testament, God continues to reveal who He is. And in each revelation, He invites us to believe His Word.
For example, the Bible says that God is the creator. He creates the heaven and the earth. Do you believe that even though you cannot fathom who it happened? Or would you rather believe in something that you can explain?
You see… faith is a certainty of what we do not see. But it is not a certainty of our wild imagination. Rather, it is a certainty of what God has revealed to us even though we do not see it.
In the Bible, God has revealed so many of His Characters.
His Goodness, Blessing, He is Love, He is slow to anger, He is Merciful, He is Forgiving, etc. Do we believe that?
Now those are rather easy to believe, since it is very nice to us.
But what about His Holiness? His Wrath? His Vengeance? His Discipline? Now, those are not easy to believe, since it is not very nice.
God is Good. Amen. God is Love. Amen. God is merciful. Hallelujah!
God is Holy. Hmm. God hates sin. Hmm… God is angry toward Sin. UUhh? God is angry toward Sinners. But? God condemns sinners to hell. No way!
You see, it is easy to believe God if He fits into our picture or our expectation of who God is. But when God does not fit into our concept of God, it gets harder. But friends, that’s when Faith comes in. God has revealed to us who He is, and when we believe even though it is hard, even though it does not make human sense, that’s Faith, and that’s pleasing to God.
My challenge to you now is this. Friends, do you know God? Do you really know who He is? Do you believe in every revelation of who He is in the Bible? Or are you selective? You choose one but not the other. Friends, if that’s what you do, you might not know God. You might only know your concept of God, and God becomes a concept to you rather than a divine being.
Friends, know God. Read your Bible. But don’t just read your Bible only with the intention of knowing the good thing that God will do for your life. Instead, read the Bible with the intention of knowing who God really is. That’s the start of Faith. It’s the conviction that God is really who He says He is.
However, we should not stop there. Faith is not just a conviction of who God is. It is also the conviction that He will do what He says He will do. We will look at this at the next part.