“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand as polar opposites in the relation of the natural and the spiritual, of impulse and inspiration. Nothing Jesus ever said is common sense, every word is revelation sense, and it reaches heights where common sense cannot. “We know that all things work together for good,” then regardless of what happens to you it should not matter because you are trusting in the power of God to do all the things you cannot. Faith makes things possible not easy.
Faith by its very nature must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be clear in our minds. Faith in the Bible is faith in God against everything that contradicts him—I will stay true to God’s character whatever He may do. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”—this is the most sublime profession of faith in the Bible. Every believer’s faith must be tested before the reality of our beliefs become actuality. What God really wants us to do is to “walk by faith.”
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrew 11:1). Faith always work on a personal level, the purpose of it is to see to it that the idea of God is made real in the children of God. With every detail and theory that exists in a common sense world, there is a revelation fact in the word of God that we can use to prove in practical terms what we believe God to be. Faith is a wonderfully active concept and principle which allows the believer to always put Jesus Christ first as he put us first on the Cross of Calvary.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). We talk back and forth with God, “Thou have said so and so, it sounds crazy, but I am going to step out on your word—Lord.” To turn rational faith into a spiritual possession will always be a struggle for the thinking Christian, not sometimes, always. God periodically will bring us into a set of circumstances for the purpose of educating our faith, because the nature of faith is to make the object of it real.
Until we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God will continue to be a mere abstract being that exist in our heads and some place called Heaven. Because of human nature we cannot truly have faith in Him in this conception until we hear Jesus say—“He that has seen Me has seen the Father,” then we have something real, and our cup of faith begins to run over. Faith is the whole of man in right relationship with God, not just who He is or where He may be, but that He is God manifested in Jesus Christ dwelling in us.
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrew 11:6). Too many Christians have the idea that God rewards us for our faith and it may be so in the first stages. We do not earn anything by faith, it brings us into right relationship with God and this provides God His opportunity to reward us for diligently seeking Him. To the only God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ