Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. –Hebrews 11:1
I flew home from Ohio today and as I sat on the plane I got to thinking about faith. There I was, sitting in a metal tube, flying above the clouds. That is crazy! That is crazy faith! When it comes to flying on a plane, I do so grounded in faith.
I did some research on planes and found out that the average plane weighs around 90,000 pounds empty. There are a lot of parts and pieces that make it function properly and I do not know any of the people who work on those parts and pieces. Do they really know how everything works? I don’t know. But I still have faith. I do not know anything about the pilot. He might be inches away from a massive heart attack, what do I know! But I still have faith enough to get on that plane.
I know people who understand aerodynamics who can explain to me (and have tried) how an airplane works. And I believe them. I have flown too many times to count and have always had successful landings, so history informs my faith. I know people who are flight attendants and pilots who will defend the safety of airplanes to me, and I believe them. With faith I climb aboard an airplane and fly, even though I have no idea how it is possible.
There are many other things in life that I take on faith, having no idea how they are possible but believing they are because people who know have told me or because I have experienced them working myself.
I wonder so often about people who do not have faith in the God of the universe who, out of his great love, gave up His beloved Son for us, to take on our sin and die so that we can be saved.
God has done more to help us to understand how He is possible and how He works than an airplane has. He has given us His inspired Word, we have men who were there who know what happened and have told us, we have a history of experiences that confirm that He is possible. Why are we willing to put our life in the hands of the unknown of the airplane but we are not willing to put our life in the hands of a God who has made His love known? Why do we have faith in things made by man and not in the One who made man?