As many of you all know, the primary focus of Youth For Christ is to reach lost 11-19 year olds with the Gospel. For many of those on the upper end of that age group and even the folks I build relationships with at the gym, a term they struggle with in religion is the idea of faith. Our journey in leading others toward Christ has many different hurdles and one of those is getting beyond this idea that faith does not mean “blind faith”. Helping them to understand that we don’t see God as “the answer because we have no better data” but because this is where the data leads.
In helping to demonstrate what I mean by putting one’s faith in God, I like to share that I have faith in my best friend. He has proven himself faithful and reliable over many years and through many circumstances. He is one that can be counted on and worthy of putting my faith in that relationship.
We serve a faithful God. Some 200 times in scripture the word “faithful” is used, with the vast majority of them referring to the character of God himself. What’s amazing is that the Israelite nation consistently had proven themselves unfaithful: building a golden calf to worship in the desert; demanding an earthly king (Saul); wishing they were back in Egypt; the list could go on and on. And yet, the Lord God was faithful to them all this time.
I’m not sure what your trial is in this season but be assured that God is faithful. He obviously has a purpose for your trial, and His timing is perfect. As you lean into his faithfulness through this trial, know that it becomes another brick in the fortress of faith, so that we may say, “this is where the data leads.”
Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”