We learn through science that although we have no sense of motion at this very moment even as you are reading this entry the earth is spinning at a rate of more than 1000 miles per hour. While the earth is yet spinning it is simultaneously rotating around the sun at an approximate speed of 66, 0000 miles per hour. The earth is moving at an incredible rate of speed rotating and spinning in which we do not witness nor do we recognize it to be so. Yet we accept by faith that it is nevertheless true.
Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as night and day, as the natural life and the spiritual.
The big problem for most of us is that we tend to base everything on what our five senses dictate to us. However, since the spiritual world is not subject to any of these, our faith is often rendered weak and impotent. The realm of sense actually intrudes upon our reality like a guest who has over stayed their welcome. It is boisterous, demanding, and haughty. It has no desire to understand nor does it seek to charm our faith; it simply is, and it is here where hostages are made of all five of our senses, where they then demand to be accepted as genuine and final. Unfortunately sin has blurred our heart’s vision so we are unable to clearly see the true reality all around us, which is God, and only found in Christ Jesus. In this realm inevitable our senses and the sense of reasoning triumph, thus our sense of reality, or lack thereof are nonexistent.
Faith is not something we can conjure up on our own, nor is it something we are born with, nor is faith a result of diligence in study or pursuit of the spiritual. God designed a way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those who don’t, and it is called faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it clear that faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it, have earned it, or are worthy to have it. It is not from ourselves; it is from God. It is not obtained by our power or our free will. It is simply given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy, according to His holy plan and purpose, and because of that, He gets all the glory. Very simply, we need faith to please God. Paul says in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. God tells us that it pleases Him that we believe in Him even though we cannot see Him.
Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture out with courage on the words of Jesus Christ, while the realities of your commonsense life continue to shout, “It’s all a lie”? Without demonstrating faith and trust in God, we have no place with Him. We believe in God’s existence by faith. Many people have an ambiguous, unconnected belief of who God is and lack the reverence necessary to welcome His exalted position in their lives. These type of people lack the true faith needed to have an eternal relationship with the God who loves them.
As Christians our faith will waver at times, however, because it is the gift of God, to His children, it is He who allows those times of trial and testing in order that we may demonstrate our faith is real and to sharpen and strengthen it. This is why in James 1:2-4, James tells us to consider it “pure joy” when we fall into trials, because the testing of our faith produces perseverance and matures us, providing the evidence that our faith is real.
It is the eye of faith, however, that perceives this unseen reality. The bible says in the book of Acts 17:27-28 “…that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after Him and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us. For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as also certain of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” God and His kingdom are here all about us, surrounding us, embracing us, all within reach of our inner selves, He is but awaiting our response to His Presence. God Himself is here and to a person His Kingdom will come when we allow His will to be done in, and through each of us, only in that moment will He and His Kingdom become very real and alive to us.