Do You Truly Believe?
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
It was in the heat of summer and Rebekah and I were leading a church youth group. We were planning a teen activity and trying to think of something cool to do. We were not thinking “cool” in the terms of how teens think, but in terms of an air conditioning-type of activity. We decided to go ice skating, which is perfect in the summer — if you can skate. I have never been Wayne Gretzky on skates; rather more like the Three Stooges. I thought I would give skating a try as it seemed easy enough. I had been to enough Coyote’s games to understand the basic concept of putting one foot in front of the other. We got to the ice rink and I put on my skates and did great standing up on the rubber floor. The teens got out to the ice rink and quickly started skating. I confidently made my way to the ice, but I soon lost my confidence the moment my skates went from the rubber floor to the slick ice. I put one skate on the ice and then quickly grabbed the side boards as not to fall down and embarrass myself. I put the other skate on the ice and gripped the side boards more aggressively this time as it seemed I was destined to fall. I made my way around the rink but I never let go of the side boards. Rebekah tried to coax me away from my comfort zone, but I was not having it. All the teens laughed at me and were trying to give me lessons on how to skate, but I never loosened my Kung Fu grip on the boards. I made another round around the rink and then exited the ice as my ice skating days were over. I soon took off my skates and watched everyone else happily skate around, and I sat with the look of Charlie Brown on the bench. I lost out on ice skating that day because I lacked the faith to go out there and skate. In a sense, ice skating takes an element of faith to let go of the boards and put one skate in front of the other. Although I saw others trying and skating, I was not willing to take the risk myself. I was not willing to take people at their word because I was fearful of falling on the ice and looking like a fool. Believing in God does require an element of faith, and you must take Him at His word. You cannot hold on to the boards but you must fully believe that He is who He says He is. You cannot please Him by trying to play both sides of the fence. If you seek Him, you will find Him as He is a rewarder of all those who seek Him. You cannot say you trust Him while you worry your life away and give yourself ulcers. You either trust in Him wholly or you don't. Have you fully put your faith in God? Are you still wavering on whether or not to believe in Him? Are you seeking your own purpose in this world? God requires our full faith and He can be found if you seek Him. Psalms 19:1 states, ”The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament [shows] his handywork.” What about you Christian? Do you view God as your last hope, or is He your only hope? May we believe Him as He is, and may we learn that without faith, we cannot please Him. Stay in the fight! Saso