Surrounded by the natural, the explainable, and the obvious, even the Christian may fail to appreciate that the God in whom he trusts is supernatural, that his Son is the supernatural Saviour and that the Holy Spirit is supernatural in his being, presence and power.
But such is the case and the more we realize this fact the greater our comfort, hope, and usefulness as Christians.
There is not a moment of our lives that we do not, consciously or unconsciously, exercise faith-in a person, an object or a law. This is based on our confidence in and experience with the person or situation before us. We sit in a chair because we believe it will bear our weight. We ride in an elevator because we believe it is constructed and maintained to carry people safely from one floor to another. We ride in an automobile because we have confidence that it can take us to our destination.
In fact, every phase of our daily lives is predicated on faith. That these objects of our confidence are real and generally trustworthy is an unending source of comfort and satisfaction. Remove such confidence and life becomes a nightmare.
But for the Christian there exists a greater source of confidence, inexhaustible in its help, comfort and blessing. Our confidence is in God and all that implies. David in Psalm 40:4 says: “Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust …” It is God, the sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God—the one who is loving, kind and gracious—in whom we can trust.
How can natural man discover the fact of the supernatural and act thereon? Only by the Spirit of the living God can these things assume their proper relationship in our lives and this comes through an act of faith alone.
David, a “man after God’s own heart,” ...1
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