The African impala is a spectacular animal. An impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet. That’s quite a leap in a single bound. What’s surprising is that these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in a zoo behind only a 3-foot wall. That seems impossible until we understand this fact: impalas will not jump if they can’t see where their feet will land.
Pastor John Emmons wrote “Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and with faith we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life that only fear allows to entrap us.” Faith believes that God is working even when we can’t see Him at work.
During the month of May we’re going to learn from the “Faulty Faith” that some of the heroes of Hebrews 11 had. We looked at Gideon yesterday and saw that living by faith gets more difficult as we grow older because we have a lifetime of handling money and doing hard work, both of which can limit what we believe God can do. Faith believes He can do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we ask or think. As our strength dwindles and our finances get stretched thin that becomes harder to do. We must persevere until the end.
Next week we will study Barak: Faith that Failed to Follow Through. When God calls us to do something, He wants us to obey. Faith is the essential part of the Christian life.
For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. Galatians 5:6 (MSG)
Think about that!