Faith’s Strength is its Object – Part 4

In the first three posts I talked about what faith is not. It is not mental assent to correct doctrine. It is not striving. It is not positive thinking.

I now want to begin to reflect on what faith is but before I can do that, I need to talk about where faith aims. You see, faith has an object. Faith aims at something. The effectiveness of faith is never derived from the faith itself, but rather from the object of faith. Faith is powerful if what faith apprehends is powerful. Faith is effective if what faith lays hold of is effective. Faith is strong if its object is strong.

This means that the sincerity or intensity of faith is less relevant than the object of faith. Not that sincerity and intensity are not important. It’s just that if you have sincere and intense faith in the wrong thing or person, your faith will be rendered impotent. If you sincerely and intensely believe in a god who is not there, you are believing in the wind. Faith does not work by trying hard to have faith. Faith works by taking the faith you have, even if it’s just the size of a mustard seed, and aiming it in the right direction.

Heb 11:66 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. NKJV

According to this verse, what is the proper object of our faith?
1. God is accessible to me (“…he who comes to God…”).
2. God exists (“…that he is…”). It should be noted that this specifically refers to the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, the God ultimately revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. The overall context of Hebrews demands this understanding.
3. God is good (“…he is a rewarder…”).
4. God will resond to me if I seek him (“…of those who diligently seek Him…”).

So, when I aim my faith at the reality that I have personal access to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who is ultimately revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and that this God will reward me if I diligently seek him, this is the kind of faith that pleases God. In fact, pleasing God is impossible without this kind of faith. Aim is everything.

2016-10-17T10:29:56-05:00

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