Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Daily Devo - Tuesday, 07/28/2009

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things unseen”.

Hebrews 11:1

‘Faith’ is a term that is often misunderstood, even by Christians. For some it means believing something even though there are no facts to support it. We often hear (and even say) the phrase “You’ve just got to have faith”, by which we really mean “you need to go against everything you know to be true and just hope things turn out the way you want”. At other times we use the word to refer to anyone who seems devoted to some religious cause or idea. We think a person of “deep faith” may be Buddhist, Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness, or some sort of tabloid mystical spirituality. We observe that the person is really sincere and committed, and although we think they are wrong we still affirm they have “a deep faith”.

Scripture guards this word far more jealously than modern Christians seem to do. Biblically, faith can only be centered on Christ. Anything which does not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ at its core is, by definition, faithlessness. Sadly one the one hand we willingly define faith as something without any substance or fact. Such ‘faith’ is no faith at all—but rather silly wishful thinking which is ultimately valueless. On the other hand we readily fill faith with anything but its true and proper object. Yet, salvation rests in Christ alone—any other ‘faith’ is really no faith at all.

Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace.
Your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.

No other work but Yours, no other blood will do;

No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely through.

Horatius Bonar, 1861

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