Faith Believes. Period.

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Faith believes what God says. Period. It doesn’t believe and then figure out His method. True faith is not worrying about how He will act but merely trusting that He will.

I confess to frequently getting tangled in the anxiety of God’s how. I can resonate with God’s promise, but then, with my next breath, try to figure out how He will accomplish it. (I’m noticing God rarely tells me His methodology.)

Throughout history, we see others following this same how pattern, and most usually with disastrous results. Take Abraham and Sarah, for example. “The word of the Lord came to (Abram), saying, ‘One who shall come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.’ Then (Abram) believed in the Lord; He reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:4,6). God revealed this great promise, and faith sprang into Abram’s heart. But then, within moments of one of the most incredible faith statements in the Bible, Abram asked the question. “O Lord God, how may I know?” (Genesis 15:8)

We know the rest of their tragic story. Abraham’s sons Ishmael and Issac were born of two different mothers. These rival clans still cause strife today.

What would it be like for God’s promised word to be enough?

He says that He will “accomplish what concerns me” (Psalm 138:8). Can I stop seeking to know His method?

He promises that He “will fight for (me) while (I) keep silent” (Exodus 14:14). Can I cease from asking Him when?

He encourages that His “power is perfected in (my) weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Can I allow His strength to unfold in His way rather than suggesting His process?

Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants” (Amos 3:7). As impressive as it is to know His plan, I have significant room to grow in allowing the way He does it to remain mysterious. He is not a GPS that details every step, for He feels that we have enough when we know His promise (John 15:15). May I agree with Him both in theory and in practice.