Faith and Mattress Jumping
Over the years, I have learned that faith is required in most areas of my life. Sometimes more areas than others, but I would be lying if I said I never relied on my strength and wisdom. What a mess that would be – self-reliance thinking I know better. Honestly, I can remember the days when my faith was very shallow if existent at all. My strengths were self-created lofty ideas generated from my indulgences. I misunderstood genuine faith.
Mattress jumping requires faith.
When I was young, my brothers and I jumped off the roof of our friend’s house. We NEVER jumped from our roof because Dad would find out. But we would set up old mattresses and couches in our friend’s backyard and had no problem jumping from their roof. A few times, we jumped from their treehouse. It was so much fun. We had no fear because we could see the mattress and couch below. We put a lot of trust in something we could see – the mattress.
It’s easy to have faith in something you see and more difficult to have faith in something you can’t see.
Let’s check out a passage on faith.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9
Unlike mattress jumping, I cannot see God there, but I love Him, and I know He is walking with me. By faith, it brings salvation and the promise of a day when the pain will end, and perfect justice begins. Our faith will be rewarded, and evil will be punished. Trusting God means being confident in God, even though we cannot see God. I believe by faith. It’s easier to see the mattress and jump but remove the mattress and then jump. I don’t advise that. Don’t try that at home.
What do we do?
What do we do until the day we see God face to face?
That’s easy -because we know the future (we know who wins in the end), we should faithfully serve God here and now. If that means taking care of something that has been on your heart for a while, handling conflict or mending fences, or just waiting for guidance – do it all with joy knowing Jesus will return with our reward! Trust God is there with you! Live by faith!
Father, thank you for being with us even though we can’t see you. It’s easier when we can see the mattress, but to jump by faith into something when we can’t see is more complicated. Help us to gain an understanding of who you are and walk by faith. Lord, help us to trust you as we take the leap of faith and follow you each day. Amen.