The Problem of Belief

I find it difficult to live with conviction in a thing that so many people vary in opinion about, or even sway back and forth in their own belief about.

Why is belief in those things that really matter such a problem? Perhaps we are the problem—not that thing we hold onto as our deepest, most important belief.

I am the problem. You are the problem. We are the problem. We have bad eyes. We are myopic. Things aren’t now as they ought to be.

If only we could open our eyes to see Jesus and the Story he has invited us to participate in. Yes, more than a story—a reality. But not less than a story. This is a story which all other stories find their roots and meaning.

What if we saw Jesus for who he really is? In all his earthy glory. What if we really lived out what we believe about the thing that matters?

But how can I really live such a thing out if/when so many vary in their opinions about that thing?

What is the greater apologetic—saying what we believe or living what we believe? Should we really choose between the two?

Perhaps I find it difficult to both live with conviction and to speak with conviction what I believe about the thing that really matters.

Why should I attempt to defend what I believe—even if it’s true and I’m convinced of its truthfulness beyond all comparison?

Does the truth really need defense? Did Jesus find the need to defend his words and actions? I’m not sure that he did.

But what if the truth is never upheld and defended? How then shall we live?

Okay, then. How now shall we live?

Naked belief is vain, in a listening and watching world.

So, it is belief without the clothing of conviction and action that is a problem.

We are all:

  • believers
  • lovers
  • worshipers
  • drifters
  • idolaters

Jesus asks, “Where is your faith?”

God made us, and is remaking us with not only minds and hearts to believe with, but also mouths and hands to display our belief through, for others, in Christ.

Hebrews 11: “By faith, Moses intellectually agreed to everything God commanded.” No. Not quite. Read the text again.

When the Bible talks about a test of faith, it is not referring to a multiple-choice exam on doctrine we must pass.

Faith that is clothed and in its right mind—this is the sane kind of faith. When the Son of Man returns, will he find this kind of faith on the earth? This is a faith that is dressed for action, while it eagerly awaits the coming of the One who will pull the curtain down on this age of faith.

Faith of any kind is deeply personal. I don’t mean individualistic or private (though that of many is). By personal faith, I mean whatever I put my trust in at any given time for fulfillment, refuge, security, provision, strength, and more. It is that which my heart takes hold of with all its might. In this way, my faith is deeply personal and intimate: I trust in __________ and nothing else, or more than anything else.

I believe, Lord. Help my unbelief! Help my problem of faith.

Simon (Peter), “I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail.” Jesus intercedes for us still, that our faith may not fail.


Photo by Jean Gerber on Unsplash