The Practicality of Faith

  • “I’m so angry at God!”
  • “I have prayed, but God just doesn’t seem to be listening.”
  • “I guess that it just isn’t God’s will for me to succeed.”

    Have you ever heard or made statements like these? Misunderstanding gives birth to frustration, which leaves us feeling rejected, neglected, or forsaken. Like a bride left at the altar, we wonder why the One who we thought loved us so dearly would abandon us at a most crucial time.
    Our immediate response is an attempt to place the blame upon God, because we surely have fulfilled all our requirements for success. The Creator of the Universe must have really dropped the ball on this one. Either He has not been paying attention or He has suddenly changed His mind. Whatever the reason, we feel compelled to demand answers, to voice our disapproval, and to declare our unwillingness to ever again attempt anything worthwhile for the Kingdom’s sake.
    Now, if you have never had one of these “moments” in your walk with God, you may now adjust your halo. Admittedly, our Heavenly Father has had to endure my foolish rantings, my vocal eruptions, and my childish poutings more times than I care to remember. It shames me to think of the rash accusations I have flung toward Him because of my inability to accept my own failings and to admit my own culpability.
    I have observed this behavior in my own life experiences, as well as in the lives of so many of the people that I have been privileged to know. As a pastor, I have had a front row seat while some of the people that I cherish have set out to accomplish some great thing for the Kingdom of God, only to watch them crash and burn. Afterward, I would do my best to comfort and to encourage them to move forward with their lives. The disappointment was obvious as they bemoaned their misfortune, feeling that they had been an embarrassment to me, to their church, and to their family.
    What is the answer? Is God so disconnected from our daily lives that He cannot or will not intervene in order that His children would not fall victim to this sense of failure? Are we to believe that the will of God is only found by trial and error?
    I think I may have found the answer to the dilemma. A casual glance might lead one to believe that I am attempting to somehow diminish the sovereignty of God or to downplay the role of faith in the life of the believer. I am currently working on a book debating the practicality of God.
    I believe that God is spiritual, but I also have come to understand that He is much more practical than we tend to accept. His Word is, in effect, a teaching manual full of spiritual and practical instructions. There, we can find spiritual applications that bring physical results, as well as physical applications that bring spiritual results.
    God is certainly sovereign. There is nothing that I, nor anyone else, would ever write that could lessen His magnificence. He is omniscient. He is omnipotent. He directs the movements of His creation. He measures the sea in the span of His mighty hand. He speaks and the worlds are formed. Yet, He tends to every minute detail of all that He has made.
    One cannot begin to overstate the importance of faith. We cannot please God without faith (see Hebrews 11:6). It is the necessary component for receiving anything from God or in accomplishing anything for Him. Faith can move mountains. Faith works to bring results that frequently do not make sense in the natural world. We should seek to develop our faith and to make it stronger.
    So, how do we allow the faith that we already have, in a wonderful, sovereign God, to produce results? This comes through understanding that faith sometimes operates in the atmosphere of practicality. There are times when I must first meet the conditions for faith to function.
    One of the keys to success for the follower of Christ is to find the principles from God’s Word that will prevent the frustration that is often met because of our failure to understand the practicalities of our faith. Then, as we grasp these practical principles and put them into practice, we will be able to move on to find an even deeper level of faith.
    More on this later. –Allen King