Imagine for a minute with me, you are enjoying a relaxing day laying around a beautiful pool. You notice a young looking man standing out in the middle of the water and then your eyes are drawn to a young toddler standing on the edge as he tries to get this man’s attention. You immediately realize that this young man is this young child’s father. Once this young man sees his young son he starts to move closer to where he is standing. The young boy sees his daddy coming towards him and he turns and runs away only to turn quickly around and begins to dash back in the direction of where his daddy is standing with open arms. Suddenly, he stops as quickly as he had begun.
“What’s the matter?” asks the dad.
“I’m scared!” comes the reply.
“Why? There’s nothing to be afraid of, I’ll catch you, I’m not going anywhere.”
Once this child heard these words coming from his daddy, he seemed to be reassured that what he was saying was true. So, once more the toddler begins his trek towards his dad with the intentions of jumping this time. Big smile on his face he moves quickly in the direction of his daddy. You are believing that he is going to do it this time when suddenly he stops again right at the edge.
“C’mon son! I’ll catch you I promise!’ as he puts his arms out even wider this time.
“But, daddy, I’m scared!!!” he cries out loud once more.
“What are you afraid of son?” his father asks him.
“I don’t know, I just feel like you’re not going to catch me” was his reply.
“Well, now how will you ever know unless you try?” You notice that the young dad is still standing there with arms stretched wide motioning for his son to take that leap of faith.
Now it’s as if his son really believes his daddy’s promise. He understands now that what his father told him was true. It’s obvious at this boy’s young age, he’s never known his daddy to lie to him. After all, his daddy and mommy are the only two people in his life he really even knows. This is the intimacy of this relationship, one of trust and one that can never be broken if promises are fulfilled. Now the fear has turned into fearlessness as he now repeats his two failed attempts to jump. With shoulders held high and little feet running a steady pace towards the edge of the pool, he has a look of determination to jump this time. You sit there waiting to see if he stops again, but his headstrong and brave actions leave him suspended in time as he leaps off the side of the pool and safely into his father’s arms.
Laughter soon breaks forth from the two who are lovingly embracing in the water. Your heart just melts as you take in this scene of unfailing love of the father for his child.
The child has just learned what it means to trust. His father made him a promise and the son made the choice to believe that promise, which overcame his fear. He took a giant leap of faith and now realizes that his daddy will never hurt him, just as he said he would.
Then unexpectedly you hear this little boy squeal out, “Let’s do it again daddy!” This is the hope that now he expects something to happen that he can’t see but he already knows how it will end up. If his daddy caught him the first time, he already knows that his daddy will catch him the second, third, fourth and as many times as he wants to jump. The more he does it, the more he will want to do it!
And as any young, energetic child, this scene was repeated several more times and each time there after, you could just see the bond growing stronger between the two.
So…what is faith?
Faith is the opposite of fear. Fear is what stops us from running and jumping. Fear tells us we can’t, fear tells us we aren’t good enough, fear tells us we aren’t loved. Fear can paralyze us in our tracks. But faith is being fearless. Faith can over come all fear.
Faith is the acknowledgment that there is a loving Father ready to catch you, faith is the assurance of a safe landing when faith is put into action.
Faith is having an intimate relationship with the One Who says He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will always catch us.
Faith is having total trust in a loving Father. There is no fear big enough that can lie to you. Faith is the kind of trust that results in total prosperity of mind, body, soul and spirit. This faith is remaining steadfast and courageous, not wavering.
And finally, faith is the substance of all things hoped for but not yet seen. In other words, we don’t need to see it in order to believe it.
Christ told us to come to Him like a little child. Just as this little boy ran into the arms of his father, he discovered that no harm would come to him as long as he trusted him to always be there to catch him. If you don’t know Christ today as your loving Father, He says He’s standing at the door and He’s waiting for you to open it and invite Him inside. If you believe in your heart that He lived, died and rose again on the third day and confess with your mouth that you need His forgiveness to buy your eternal salvation, then He promises to redeem you back from a life of sin, death and hell.
Oh to live with no more fear from the enemy who seeks only to steal, kill and destroy!
What is your life worth today, heaven…or hell?
As a teacher of God’s Word, I was asked to prepare a 15 minute teaching on faith. This is easier said than done. But as the Lord is faithful to deliver, He gave me this scenario and with an anology for the word faith, it all fell right into place. I could not have done this on my own even if I tried. I give all the praise and honor due Him Who guides my path.