Faith Looks Stupid

Paul writes, “We walk by faith, not by sight.”

What is sight? Walking by sight is making any and all decisions through a common-sense filter. If something does not make sense, then it must not be God. If something tips the scale toward foolish as opposed to rational, surely it must not be God. If time is almost up, then surely it must not be God.

Don’t let go until you have something in your hands.

Don’t jump unless you see the safety net.

Don’t give unless you already know how your bills will be covered.

All of the above is sight-living.

How empty and ultimately tragic that so many Christians live life through a pro-con grid.

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Granted, God has given you a mind and He is not opposed to reason. However, when reason/common-sense becomes the grid you filter every belief and decision through, you have gone off-course.

Sometimes, faith looks stupid. Maybe you have $200 left with $200 worth of bills yet to be paid this month. God whispers to you to give $100 to a specific individual. If you do, then you will not have enough to pay your bills. However, if God is telling you to give something away, the provision is already coming. If you do not give, you will have just enough for your bills. However, if you do obediently give, God is going to take care of you. Do you really think that you would obey Him and then He would leave you hanging out to dry? He is a perfectly good Daddy. He will not do that.

Think of it like this. If you do not give, you will pay your bill and that will be the end of the story. Yet, if you do give, not only will God come through so that by the end of the month you will be able to pay your bill, but you will also have a wonderful, powerful faith story to pass on to others. You will have a deeper, more dependent faith. So make your choice: Pay your bills and that is all. Or, end up with a faith story and your bills paid. 

Pastor Allen Hickman always says, “If you do not do what He says, guess what will happen? Nothing.

That which is suppose to make the most sense to Christians is whatever God says. What He reveals is rational because of His character that backs up and thereby substantiates His word. So what is irrational? To be rational when God has told you to walk by faith.

If you and I do not walk by faith rather than sight, we will be no different than the world. Use your mind and use it well, but do not let it become an idol when God calls you out on shaky waters. May reason bow when faith sings its song.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neil Walsh)

Published by B.J. Condrey

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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