Nourish the Soul with Faith
“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – St. Augustine
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrew 11:1
We often hear the phrase ‘Leap of Faith’ from most Christians. Some of us utter it every time we are to do something we believe the Lord wants us to do. But then, I recently found out that this ‘Leap of Faith’ is NOT the faith that Hebrews 11 is talking about. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
‘Leap of Faith’ came from a Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard communicates that if a person wants to really know whether God is real or not, he must make the ‘leap of faith’ to bridge the gap between Him and the humans. However, that ‘leap’ does not guarantee any success. It is a ‘leap’ of no assurance. A leap from a cliff down to a dark deep.
Leap of Faith
This is not the kind of faith we will find in the life of Abraham. Hebrews 11:8-12, 17-18 was very clear to say that:
- Abraham journeyed to “another land that God would give him as inheritance”. It is true that Abraham did not know where exactly he was going. Nonetheless, he was absolutely CERTAIN that God was leading him to the land of promise. He was “confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.”
- Abraham had faith in God to give them a son even though his wife, Sarah, was barren and he was in his old age. He was once again CONFIDENT that God will fulfill His promise, as it so happened.
- Abraham whole-heartedly obeyed God to offer Isaac as a sacrifice for he was fully ASSURED that God “was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.”
Whatever difficulty we may be going through, whatever battle we may be facing, no matter how heavy the cross we may be carrying, rest assured that the God of Abraham, who was always faithful, is the same God who will always be faithful if we only trust Him.
“Jump! If you perish, you perish!” My mentor would always remind me. This phrase echoes the phrase of Esther when she decided to stand before the King on behalf of his people, “…I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. If I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)
Abraham and Esther, together with the other faith hall of famers, jumped to a place of unknown, with the full assurance that even if they did not received what had been promised to them, “God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.” (Hebrews 11:40)