Proverbs 3:5 (NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Is faith logical? Of course, it is. Not really. If you think about it, faith is based on trust. But when compared to what can be perceived naturally it is incomprehensible. We are wading deep right now…better put on some waders. When met with a spiritual wall that seems insurmountable, it is at that point trust has reached its limit. It is in that moment one must decide will I continue to press on and find a way over it, under it, around it, thru it, or will I just quit. Giving up is not a quality that faith and trust in God allows. There will be many days that our faith is testing and trust measured by our ability to understand what it is that we are truly after. To trust the Lord with all of our heart requires continually pursuing knowledge and understanding from His Word and consistently applying it until it changes our mind set – our thought process. Faith is actually quite logical to those who possess the Wisdom of God. But without such a skill set, it remains illogical and therefore an unacceptable answer to the solutions one seeks.
Faith is a cerebral process. It must be well thought out. This does not mean, however, that God’s People will always understand what the Lord is doing, how He is doing it or when it will be complete. The foundation of our faith becomes trust in the Character of God, His Faithfulness and His Ability to do everything that He says in our life. Proverbs 3:5 says to trust the Lord, and then goes on to say “do not depend on your own understanding.” Human reasoning is contrary to godly wisdom and knowledge because it is based on self. It takes our natural ability and comprehension to determine the best course of action in life. To trust the Lord is to abandon such thinking and become immersed in God’s Word, Will and Way for our life. The more I seek the Lord the crazier I feel some days. It is almost like I have lost my mind. Maybe that’s the point. To exchange human thoughts and aspirations for Godly Wisdom that will empower my natural pursuits.
Isaiah 55:8-11 (NLT)
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”
“But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from hearing that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” (Romans 10:16-17) Again, I wonder is faith logical? Logic is clear and valid reasoning. Such logic leads to understanding. Understanding that is accepted by our mind becomes discernment. Those who have good discernment possess a gift that will lead them through life. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. God has promised that once His Word is released that it will not return to Him until it accomplishes all that it set out to do. The problem is not on God’s side but it is our inability to believe that His Word is not a credible resource for life.
God’s thoughts are nothing like our own therefore defying fundamental principles, secular education and societal influence. It just doesn’t make sense. Deemed old fashioned – people take the Word of God as a historical reference rather than a plan for life. Faith is comes from hearing the Word of God but hope is when we believe it enough to change the way we think and let it impact the way life is lived. His Ways are not the same everyone else’s. In fact, there really is only one way to discover this faith and allow it to become the hope that carries us through life – His Name is Jesus. He is the “way, truth and life.” No one can stand before God and live except through Jesus. (John 14:6) How do we make faith logical? We must change the way that we think. The Lord is not asking for blind faith, but that we accelerate our thought process committing to learn a new way of thinking, apply this understanding to our life so it will become godly wisdom providing good discernment in life. Discernment is to recognize and perceive clearly what faith makes seem elusive. Discernment allows hope to become more than a dream but the very anchor for our soul. (Hebrews 6:19)
John 4:23-24 (NLT)
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Jesus shared this new thought process with the woman at the well. He told her that the time was coming when people would worship God in Spirit and Truth. Truth is the Word of God. it is the written and spoken word that is given to us as we study God’s Word and converse in a life committed to prayer, praise and worship. The Lord speaks truth to us as we communicate with Him. But the Word was clearly not enough – reference the Old Testament – to change the heart and mind of God’s People so He took His Word wrapped it in flesh and sent His Only Son Jesus to a world lost and dying without true and valid knowledge of God. When Jesus died, He released His Spirit to live in the heart of every man and woman who chooses to accept Him. This was a huge advancement for humanity though greatly neglected in today’s day and age. I just don’t understand. Men and women will go to psychics for advice and palm readers. They will watch horror movies based on vampires, demons and ghosts even zombies. But when you talk about the living, breathing, life-giving, wisdom-bringing Holy Spirit, everyone thinks you’re crazy. Half the church is disabled because it has made the Holy Spirit the silent partner rather than allowing Him to move through our congregations and become the valuable resource that He was sent to be. We have the Truth. We must utilize the Spirit to change the way we think and finally understand that faith is logical. Once we do, trust will become a valid response to the hope we have been given.
John 14:16-17 (NLT)
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
My husband has a garage full of power tools that he uses to maintain our household. He is very careful to keep all the manuals as a reference to operate each one properly. Now if all he ever did was read the manual, but never turned one on to cut the grass, trim the hedges, drill something or whatever man-device he chooses to use might do, what good is the tool? Each one has a purpose other than to sit on a shelf or live in the corner of the garage. The manual shows him how to use the power tool. God’s Word and His Spirit work together just like that. It is clear that we cannot follow every rule in the book. The Holy Spirit is our advocate in the journey of faith showing us what to do and how to do it. He produces those things in our life that are not natural. He leads us in all truth. Who is supposed to lead us if we choose to ignore the Holy Spirit? If we truly want credible and logical faith – we must go to the Source. God filled us with His Spirit for a reason. He is the Power to activate God’s Word in our life. I have tried being a Christian both ways. No fruit really came of my life nor roots in the foundation of faith until the Word of God and His Spirit became life partners. But look at what is hidden in these verses, Jesus said, “The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him.” Have you invited the Holy Spirit to be your partner on your faith quest? He will explain the mysteries of God to you and lead you straight to the things God has placed in your life for you.
Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Am I losing my mind? Gosh, I sure hope so! I don’t want to live by faith and confident hope in Jesus Christ every single day of my life without one wasted minute. By filling our heart with His Spirit and our mind with His Word, our thought pattern is changed slowly but surely. It is a daily process that requires moment by moment commitment each thought to know Him more. Understanding without His Spirit makes us helpless against the lie of the enemy. The Holy Spirit is our power to have and do all that God’s Word has purposed in our life. The enemy knows the Word and can stealthily use our lack of knowledge against us as he twists and distorts the truth until we buckle under pressure and make a compromise or substitution for the great things God has for us rather than waiting and standing on His Word.
Doubt is a dream killer. Fear is a faith sucker. Anxiety is a hope crusher. We must fix our thoughts. Like tying balloons, if we take God’s Word and attach it to those things we don’t understand and that cause us distress soon it will be carried to a higher level of thinking when it becomes logical that God is working out all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) enough to maintain our joy in the process and be thankful until it comes. It is going to take practice to change the way we think. It is not a one and done scenario but the moment those things begin to come to pass – you will be hooked.
Faith is a constant pursuit. Trust is a battle for our mind each and every simply because we serve an incomprehensible God with invincible power and unfailing love too great to be understood by finite human thinking. His Love is not logical. His Grace is misunderstood. It requires faith in His Word and reliance on His Spirit to change the way we think. The Peace of God is found in the Mind of Christ. The place where faith is born and hope fortified. It is a place of satisfaction before fulfillment comes where we can rejoice in the Lord just because He is.
Lord, You know my heart today. There are some things I just don’t understand. I will not worry and fret about them anymore but simply put my trust in You! I will dig in Your Word to find out what you have to say about it. I will rely on Your Spirit to reveal it to me day by day! My goal is to worry about nothing and pray about everything until His Peace reigns in my life. Faith becomes logical when peace arrives and our heart is once again settled on Jesus!
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.