Faith is central to all of life. For example, you go to a doctor whose name you cannot pronounce, and whose degrees you have never verified; he gives you a prescription you can’t read, and you take it to a pharmacist you’ve never met before; they give you a chemical compound you don’t understand; then you go home and take the pill according to the instructions on the bottle. Now that’s faith!
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Now I know that many of us have heard and probably even have this verse memorized. You probably use this verse as a verse to defend a faith the many people don’t really understand; but I think if we’re being honest, we would say at some point in our faith journey we’ve heard, read, or even quoted this verse and said…Huh? What in the world did I just hear? Or, what in the world did I just say?
Where Does Faith Come From?
A logical question worth asking at this point is, where does faith come from? Now faith, when referenced in the bible is a totally different animal then we’re used to. The first big game changer when we’re talking about faith from the biblical perspective is that faith doesn’t come from us! We tend to think, look at how big MY faith is. The truth is, when we read scripture, we are reminded that faith doesn’t come from us; it comes from God. Romans 10:17 gets even more specific about where we can find a steady supply of faith.
Romans 10:17 (NLT) 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Faith comes from God
How does he communicate this faith to us?
By hearing the message
And where is his message heard?
Through the word of Christ?
I know many people who walk around and say, “I wish I had more faith?” or even pray like the apostles in Luke, “Lord, increase my faith!” But there’s one problem, they don’t go to the source of God’s faith…his word!
This is like wanting to hear your favorite song, but you refuse to turn on the radio to hear it.
Faith Like a Radio Antenna
Speaking of radios, when I think of Hebrews 11:1 I immediately think of a radio antenna; don’t judge me.
Think about how radio antenna’s work: They transmit radio waves typically from a tall tower, across a considerable distance. Take for instance the radio tower at our sister school Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. Standing as the tallest point on Olivet’s campus, the radio antenna transmits radio waves that reach as far north as Chicago, and as far West as Valparaiso, IN there frequency is 89.7 and it gets pumped out at 57,000 watts. Radio antennas are constantly putting out a message. Whether we are in our car, at home, or have satellite radio, but whatever we are using to hear the song has to be dialed in to the right frequency to hear the message.
If you’re driving in the car and you want to listen to Shine 89.7, but you tune your radio into 87.9, are you going to hear Shine 89.7? No! You may have the best intentions to listen to Shine, but if you aren’t dialed into the right frequency, guess what, you’re not going to hear the message.
The Point for Today
This is like putting your bible in a place to remind you to read it. You can put your bible on your night stand, your coffee table, kitchen table, passenger side of your car, in your book-bag… but if you don’t open it, you’re not going to hear the message!
God desires for you to tap into his unlimited well of faith, but in order to do that you need to “tune in” to the message and set your spiritual dial to the “frequency” of his word.