“…Biblical faith —that is true faith in the existence, presence, promises, and provisions of God — never requires you to deny reality in any way. It is not biblical faith to try to convince yourself that things are better than they actually are. It is not biblical faith to work to make yourself feel good about what is not good. Biblical faith looks reality in the face and does not flinch.” ~ Paul David Tripp
I’m so thankful for reading these words in New Morning Mercies, a devotional by PD Tripp. They were timely for sure. And we all have our circumstances that may be trying. We might read this and ask…
But what about this…..?
Or What about….? But God, you couldn’t mean that I could trust you in….?
“Biblical Faith looks reality in the face and does not flinch.”
Faith in me flinches.
Faith in circumstances flinches.
Faith in people, well, sad to say, that flinches too, even with the most well-meaning of folks.
But faith in the existence, presence, promises, and provision of God? Faith that trusts that He can use all of the brokenness and make something beautiful? That…that is Biblical faith. It is the faith that has seen people healed and relationships restored. It is the faith that has made martyrs love in the midst of death. It is the faith that has allowed courageous people to forgive and love those who have wronged them in unspeakable ways. It is the faith that allows one to be resilient in the face of the most dire of circumstances. It is this faith in Redemptive God that redeems even what may appear to be the most unredeemable of situations.
Why? Because faith is in this God who does exist, this “I am that I am..” who offers His presence, promises, and provision. He offers, sustains and ordains. He leads, heals, and meets us right where we are…and because He doesn’t flinch and ‘knows the paths that I will take’, well, I can make my best attempts to look that path in the face and not flinch as well.
Keep your head up friend. We are so not alone.
“But the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.”