I was given an analogy from God this week that I would like to share with you. I have spoken about faith in the last few “Inspiration from the Carpenter” posts. Today’s inspiration is how to practice having faith. Before I share my analogy, I should explain the definition of Faith so that we are all on the same page – so to speak. Faith is believing in something when all else tells you that it could or should fail or is not there or won’t happen. It is complete trust and confidence when you can’t see the outcome.
One of the “Faith” analogies that is taught to describe what practicing having faith should look like is when you stand on the edge of a cliff. You look down and you can’t see what’s below or ahead of you but God tells you to jump. Your first instinct is to ask God for a bridge or a parachute so that you know you are atleast headed for a ‘safe’ landing. But sometimes God wants us to initiate and jump without hesitation before seeing what he has in store. I never thought about getting to the destination quicker if you jump and let gravity overtake you.
If you waited for a bridge to be built, you would have to wait many years for it to be built and then walk along it and take the stairs to reach your destination. If you jump with a parachute, sure you’ll reach your destination a bit quicker but you will have wasted precious time as you sailed down. When you jump, free as a bird, you are likely to reach your destination quicker which means you will enjoy the blessings of your faith sooner than if you took the ‘easy and safe road’.
Procrastination and ‘waiting for the right time’ is a faith killer. When you are confident in yourself and confident in hearing from God (and this only comes from having a continual relationship with Him), you won’t need to procrastinate any longer because you will be confident in the decisions you have made because you trust yourself and you trust God. If you don’t trust yourself, then you don’t trust God because He dwells in you – if you are a Christian.
If God is telling you to jump, don’t hesitate. Who knows what blessings you could be enjoying at the bottom of the cliff.
Matthew 17:20 “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”