Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Obeying God honors Him. Our blind obedience speaks louder than words and shows that we trust Him infinitely. Father Abraham is a wonderful example. He left home to travel to an unknown country – solely based on God’s instructions that came to him one night (Genesis 12:1):

The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.‘”

In the course of a lifetime Abraham’s faith was tested multiple times. He certainly had his personal hang-ups and imperfections, but he followed through with whatever the Lord had called him to do. When we venture out in faith we too may falter in our steps, but God is not asking for perfection. All He is asking for is our trust.

Jesus had Peter’s back when He invited him to get out of the boat in the middle of a storm.  It was the night after Jesus had fed a large crowd with five loaves of bread and two fish. Sending His disciples ahead He stayed behind to pray. Suddenly a storm rolled in and caught their boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. It wasn’t long before the break of dawn that Jesus decided to catch up with His disciples and took to walking on the lake, towards the boat. When they spotted Him they screamed; everybody in the boat thought He was a ghost, but Jesus reassured them – it was Him. Then Peter had something to say (Matthew 14:28-31):

‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’

Come,’ he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’

 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’”

We may get wet as Peter did – trying to get out of the boat and walking on water – but we won’t regret it. And over time we must continue to act on faith, otherwise we won’t have much faith left to speak of. Stepping out in faith blesses you, but also blesses others, more so than we are probably aware. In the process we grow closer to God’s heart and that’s the best blessing of all.

2 Peter 1:4: “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

Steven Austad, a bio-gerontologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham delved into the question: Why do we age? Here is his explanation:

“Reproduction is the name of the game. Basically, we age because it’s not in nature’s best interest to perfectly repair our bodies. The main thing is to keep us reproductive as long as possible, and then let our bodies deteriorate.”

In other words, ultimately we are here to be replaced – a pretty sobering thought. Of course we all know that no human being can actually be reproduced. Our DNA is very unique. Each person is as irreplaceable as they come.

Faith ventures beyond biology: There is a God who created matter out of nothing and this same God is the reason why we exist. By acknowledging Him, faith infinitely increases the value of human life. As a creature of God, we are no accident. We all matter.

Our bodies are subjected to corruption – so is our psyche. Born selfish, our psyches are frail. Given the circumstances, we can be broken very easily.

The word “gospel” is an old English combination of the words “God” and “spel”, which in modern English translates into news, a story. The news that God sent His Son to save the world is the heart of the gospel, and that is indeed very good news. It is a delight to get to know the Son of God. The Spirit of God is tirelessly introducing Jesus to every generation. And the Father of all is our soul’s destiny and home. We are adopted into His family.

Faith is precious because we are no longer slaves to corruption, but we are set free to participate in God’s divine nature. The incorruptible, inconceivable, beautiful and generous nature of God saves us from corruption because He dearly loves us.

“You dance over me
While I am unaware
You sing all around
But I never hear the sound
Lord, I’m amazed by You
Lord, I’m amazed by You
Lord, I’m amazed by You
How You love me”

Jared Anderson