Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing mood. — C.S. Lewis
It’s fashionable to have “faith,” and pretty much noncontroversial. I have faith in my office chair when I sit down in it. People have faith that things are going to get better. They have faith in higher powers, themselves, the economy, and—depending on the results of the last election—faith in government. The concept of faith is warm and cozy, and daytime talk shows ooze happiness when discussing it. “Having a hard time? Just have faith!” Yeah, faith is back in vogue. You are cool if you have it.
The sticky part of faith is this: What is your faith rooted in?
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)
Faith has to be grounded in something. It’s just goofy when we have this vague concept of faith and fuzzy feelings that have no basis in reality. Scripture teaches us that we are ‘built up’ in Christ Jesus, the firm foundation. We have faith in Him because He is worthy of it. We are not to have faith in humanity (that goes poorly). We have faith in Christ.
Faith in Christ allows us to live in Him and be empowered for the mission by Him. He gives us that kind of faith when we ask it of Him.
Jesus, You are the only one worthy of faith. I don’t want to put my faith in false promises of man or temporary highs. I want You and the refuge You offer. Amen.