The Rest of Faith
Posted on January 14, 2014
1 Corinthians 2:3-5 says, “I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.” That last phrase is stunning. Authentic faith brings us to a place of rest in God’s power rather than men’s wisdom for change.
I’m rediscovering that real faith is a by-product of resting (read peaceful trust) in God’s promises. Therefore, fighting and wrestling to believe God is not the good fight of faith. In other words faith is not a wrestle match with God to pump up belief. Rather faith is sinking into the promises of God and recognizing God’s confidence in His ability to perform His word as your firm conviction. This doesn’t mean there isn’t a process which feels like wrestling. But that process is NOT about you mustering up faith.
That process is about ceasing from your own efforts at faith and learning to lean and trust only in Him. That wrestling is God convincing us that He can do it in and through us and doesn’t need our strength. Remember the Kingdom of God is upside down. It does not work like the world works. Therefore when we read “fight” of faith, we cannot interpret that word through the lens of the world. In God’s Kingdom rest is the violent “taking it by force” that Matthew 9 describes.
And remember “rest” cannot be interpreted through the lens of the world either. Which means rest is not being lazy or a lack of activity. Often rest includes action. Rest is the state of trusting God’s power in your life and not your strength given in the name of God. Trusting God is the most powerful spiritual force in the universe. Without realizing it, we can contribute to changing the atmosphere of our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, or cities! God’s power was provided in Christ; therefore, cease striving and let the Holy Spirit’s power change the atmosphere through you! This my friends is great news!