Faith, it occurs to me, is over confidence. Faith is taking for granted that you will have what you ask for, what you hope for, what you anticipate. Faith is certainty. In one way, faith is almost an arrogance. “I believe; therefore I have.”
Not often in my life have I experienced that certainty, that arrogance of total belief that something I want is also something I will have; that what I desire falls in line with the plan of God for my life or for the life of someone I love. Frankly that level of certainty — that taking it for granted — is utterly terrifying.
Is this self-deception? Of course, true faith — total certainty — precludes that question, eliminating the possibility of self-deception. Nevertheless, I’m frightened. Yet, perfect love also precludes fear. Therefore — perhaps — my certainty is only arrogance.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of faith. Thank You that belief “as tiny as a mustard seed” is completely effective. Help us to ask You, Lord for that which is in line with Your will and not ours. In Jesus’ Name, amen.