On T.V. there is a show I like to watch called, “The next Food Network Star.” It is a contest in which the contestants compete to host their own show on the network. The judges are always asking what is their point of view (POV) is. Their point of view is to be completely ingrained into everything they cook and say in their presentations.
Recently there was a girl whose POV was “Retro,” she liked all the foods from the past, around the 50’s and 60’s. She was so into the retro theme she even dressed the part, looking like a young lady straight out of 1960.
I thought for sure she would be the winner because everyone liked her food and she had a great ability to put her POV into everything she did. But then they asked her, “Why did you pick retro as a POV?” She was stumped! She could only say, “Because I like it.” Because her answer did not have any real depth, she was quickly eliminated.
It took me a few days to realize why they let her go. She looked like she believed in her POV and she sounded like she believed but it had not truly become a part of her life.
Our Christian walk is much the same. It is easy to say and look like we believe in God’s principles, but when it is time to live it out we find out just how deeply we believe. The evidence being how we react to various circumstances God allows in our life.
To believe in something is to accept it as truth, but to have faith in that truth is to trust and rely on it and surrender your life to it. To have faith in God’s principles you not only accept them as truth but also trust and rely on them, making them a part of your life.
In Mark 9:14-29 Jesus gives us an example. He was talking to a father about his son who was possessed, the father said, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus replied, “If I can! All things are possible to him who believes.” The father said “I do believe, help my unbelief.”
Many think Jesus was rebuking the father by saying, “If you can,” thinking it was a sarcastic response to the father questioning His ability to heal. Jesus was saying to the father it is not whether I can do it, but whether you can believe. If you can believe, then it is possible.
The father believed Jesus could heal, evidenced by his asking, but his belief was only of the concept that someone could be healed, not in the reality that his son would be healed. He did not believe in his beliefs.
Sometimes we read or hear a principle in the Bible and like it and even quote it, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus!” But when it comes time to tithe or to give, we think, “I better not give, I’m not sure there is enough to make it till payday.” This is believing in the concept that God will supply but not having faith by trusting He will supply, proving you do not believe in your beliefs.
Joshua and Caleb showed they believed in their beliefs. In Numbers 14:6-9 after coming back from spying out the promise land the other spies gave a bad report. They said the people of the land were too big to conquer. Joshua and Caleb said to them, “The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land, if the Lord is pleased with us then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey, only do not rebel against the Lord, and do not fear the people of the land for they shall be our prey, their protection has been removed from them and the Lord is with us, do not fear.”
They were expressing their belief in the promise God had given Israel back in Egypt, while still in captivity. They believed in their beliefs and were rewarded with going into the promise land. Those who did not believe died in the wilderness never reaching the promise land.
We are also given a promise in believing our beliefs, the Bible says in Romans 15:13,“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
This is saying God will fill you with all joy and peace because you believe, showing hope in your circumstances through the power of the Holy Spirit. It does not say God will make all your circumstances go away or even get better, but He will give you peace in it. This peace will bring joy to your heart bringing hope to everyone who knows what you are going through.
Father, help us to believe in our beliefs, to be able to throw out doubt and continue to believe in what we have heard you say. In the name of Jesus, amen