I looked at my wife and verbalized the reality we were in as we checked our son into the hospital for open heart surgery. "Can you believe based on a computer image and a doctor's word we are letting our son get pumped full of drugs and cut open?!" The back story is that Cooper, our second child, was born with Down syndrome and had been living with a VSD (Ventricle Septal Defect) AKA a hole in his heart. We found out on December 22nd that he needed the surgery, and five days later there we were at LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Sure enough, we sent him back, they pumped him full of drugs and cut him open. This would almost be comical if a child's life wasn't on the line. We love our children immensely and yet with the advice of a doctor, based on an ECHO (echocardiogram) we let them operate. Why? The simple answer is we trust them. We trust that our doctor is a world renown cardiologist who works with a world renown cardiac surgery team. We trust that those computer images are based on good science. We trust that the drugs have been tested over and over. We trust our son is safe in their hands.
Now to the real issue here. In a matter of minutes, I gave my trust to a doctor roughly in his early 40s, which I have only known for about five years, who uses technology pioneered less than 20 years ago, to do a procedure that has only been around for about 50 years. Why don't I trust God this way? It really is absurd. When we consider placing our faith in God, we are leaning on 2000 years of extremely reliable biblical texts, countless "cases" of people who have trusted in God and experts (theologians, pastors and seasoned Christians) who tell us everything the Bible says about God is true. Yet, we...I still struggle. I question the Scriptures and justify my disobedience because "that was then." I want to please people and allow their influence to affect my faith. I need to "research" my options to "feel good" about the decision. Why? Apparently, it requires more faith to place my child in the hands of surgeon than to trust God!
We all prefer to walk by sight; however, believing and trusting in God requires faith. This faith is not blind. God gives us mountains of evidence, examples and explanation so that we might consider our faith the sight we need in the moment. As this new year begins, I urge you to give God a chance, or perhaps, another chance. We often give up hope when we don't have the answers we want. That is the nature of faith. We don't get all the answers. We get lots of evidence, lots of examples and lots of encouragement but never all the answers. The answer is faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
This year you will face circumstances that can only be understood through the eyes of faith. Faith informs your circumstances with God's truth. Faith is the function of living by God's word and trusting in His reputation when it may or may not make sense. When we apply faith in God to our circumstances, our lives actually start to make sense. Make 2012 your year of faith.