By Faith We Understand

Honestly, that the universe was created by the word of God doesn’t make sense apart from faith. We’re talking the universe! Look up! Look way up on a clear night. Or hover over some Hubble telescope images. Or read about new discoveries of far away places. Try and wrap your head around “the universe” and then sit back and chew on this, “Created by the word of God.” Everything that is visible, made out of stuff invisible. What!?! Something from nothing. Where there is now grandeur, there once was a void. Where there is now light, there once was darkness. How did it all come into being?

And God said, “Let there be . . .”

How do you take that in? How do you process it? How do our finite minds perceive such infinite reality? Short answer: By faith we understand.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. . . . By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

(Hebrews 11:1, 3 ESV)

This morning I’m noodling on the dynamic of faith in making sense of that which makes no sense.

Yesterday wasn’t a good day. Nothing changed, just things became a bit more real. And, to be honest again, kind of thinking it doesn’t make much sense. But, by faith we understand.

We understand that a God who is God is Sovereign. Wouldn’t have it any other way. His purposes are pure. Have it come down to “My will be done” vs. “Thy will be done” and, by faith, it only makes sense to go with the ways of the One whose ways are higher than our ways.

We know that God is love. Look afresh upon the cross. Stand in its shadow. Meditate on what manner of love was displayed when God sent His only Son to die for the sins of a rebellious creation. And the God who loved us “unto death” didn’t embrace us only to drop us at some point. No, those He loves He loves to the uttermost, loves to the end — so that even the end becomes a new beginning.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?

(Romans 8:31-32 ESV)

By faith we understand.

And we perceive to be true, by faith, that the God who created the universe by the word of His mouth is also the designer and builder of an as yet unseen city with a sure foundation (Heb. 11:10). A homeland that transcends this place. A place invisible and intangible while we are at home in the body, but then to be experienced in unimaginable glory when we are present with the Lord. And so we place all the “here and now” in the context of the “there and then” and our pilgrimage to a land not yet seen.

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.

(Hebrews 11:16 ESV)

By faith we understand. By faith we venture out on another day. Faith not of our own manufacturing, but a faith supplied through God’s all sufficient grace and empowered by His ever present Spirit as we abide in the finished work and sure promises of His ever interceding Son.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.

(Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

Yes He does. And Yes He will.

And so, I’ll trust in the LORD with all my heart. I won’t rely on my own understanding. I will continue to acknowledge Him in all my ways, confident that He is directing all my paths . . . and the paths of those dear to me.

By faith I understand.

Through grace overflowing. For His glory everlasting.

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