… The Other Side of Faith
Faith has no place for uncertainty! Right?
Wrong! And about that I am certain.
How can I be so certain about uncertainty playing a normal and healthy part in faith? After all, doesn’t the Faith Chapter in the Bible’s Book of Hebrews say:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
With words like “assurance” and “conviction” connected to faith, that really doesn’t leave much room for “doubt.” Or does it?
Since we’re splitting hairs about Bible words, let’s include another splittable word: “hope.” So, let’s see what the Bible says about it.
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? (25) But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Are you sticking with me, or have you surrendered to confusion? If so, I don’t blame you.
“Faith” and “hope” are parallel concepts, as the first applies to someone or something, while the second applies to what that someone or something can do. So, as hope applies to the unseen—or uncertain—so must faith.
In other words (like, you wanted more words), faith requires uncertainty, or doubt, for without it, faith wouldn’t be faith. So rejoice! next time you have a crisis of faith, because that doubt, uncertainty, confusion, or even bitterness, confirms your faith.