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12 April 2008

More on "Blind" Faith

When considering faith, I've found that Bible-readers will almost always jump to Genesis 12, where God tells Abram to go to a land that God would show him. And upon this account statements like "step out on faith" are based, meaning to say that we sometimes must do things that seem illogical or have no apparent goal in sight. I first brought this up here in a post I made on March 6.

In Abram's situation, do you suppose that he didn't prepare for his journey? No water, no food, no animals, no changes of clothing, etc.? And if he did prepare for the journey, does that mean he lacked faith in God's providence?

Within the context of planning ahead to knowingly give up everything to follow Him (the focal point of His words here), Jesus clearly explained that planning ahead is not in contrast to having faith:

A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

“Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.
Luke 14:25-33, NLT

"Have faith" does not mean "do not plan ahead." Our faith is based on the fulfilled promises of God as seen in His Word and in our lives.


Anonymous said...

There is also an instance where a man tells Jesus that he will follow him but he is wants to tell his wife and children goodbye. And another where a man says that he will follow Him after he buries his father. Jesus rejects both of these people because they are not ready to follow Him now. God prepares us in our lifes for OUR unexpected, not HIS unexpected. Of course there is no such thing as fate. What people see as fate is God's preperation meeting his timing and it is our duty to recognize it and follow His will for our lives. Preperation will come in our lives for what God has for us and when the oppertunity occurs it is our job to recognize and follow Christ.

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