Yahweh wants us to participate in his own freedom, freedom to fly with him in the heights. This was the purpose of the Messiah’s ministry: “It is for freedom that the Messiah has set us free” (Gal. 5:1). And this is why Jesus called us to “have faith in God.” When we have faith in God we share in God’s freedom. Listen to what Jesus taught his disciples:
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and do not doubt in you heart but believe that what you say will happen, it will be done for you. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark. 11:23-24).
This passage has been a subject of controversy, especially over the last few decades. People have used it to say that we can have and do whatever we desire. For example, if we desire to live in luxury (and who doesn’t) all we have to do is ask and it is ours. This thinking is completely out of line to what Jesus was trying to teach us. The very foundation of what Jesus is teaching is based on faith in God. Because many think faith in God is just mental ascent to God being powerful, this passage has been distorted. Faith is a living trust; a relationship with God, where his will over our will is pre-eminent. Faith causes us to become one with God.
Faith is primarily a gift, something God gives by his creative Word. It is not something we muster up in ourselves, but rather something we respond to. If we understand the foundation of faith then we can realize that Jesus is teaching that we are called to fully participate in God’s freedom. In the beginning God’s Word had absolute authority over his creation; it caused everything to be. With one word God can throw a mountain into a sea. The same Word in our mouth has the same creative power. But it must be God’s Word, not our stealing of God’s Word in order to exert our own lordship.
Faith is foundational and powerful, the very basis of freedom. The writer of Hebrews says, “Now faith is bring sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for” (Heb. 11:1-2). Our forefathers were commended because they had the same Spirit that God has. God has perfect faith in himself. He does not doubt his Word. He knows that when he speaks, it comes to pass. He knows that he is Lord and there is no other. He is confident that evil cannot overcome him. If he were fearful he would have never spoken or created, he would have kept to himself. “Through faith we understand that the universe was made perfectly by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Heb. 11:3). Through faith we also share in God’s own faith, his own trust in himself and the power of his Word. Therefore faith is not something we produce by ourselves, it is given by grace––but we do need to lay hold of it. Faith comes by the Word of God and makes us like the Word of God––free. It enables us to fly.
Prayer: God, I want your faith in me, not a product of my own invention. May my faith come from your living Word and not my imagination. May I trust in you today. Deliver me and enable me to fly in your freedom, in Jesus’ name.