Faith is an uphill climb.
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Our modern eyes, make it an extreme, uphill climb.
But then the writer of Hebrews acknowledged the challenges of faith a couple millennia ago…
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Our tendency, however, is the need to touch, taste, see, and hear in order to believe. But that is not faith, then. Is it??
“And without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6)
So, join me to take just one step … then another … and another…
Sometimes, though, don’t the steps look impossible? We stand at the foot of the climb like the photo above and wonder how we’ll ever make it.
But isn’t that the definition of faith? We must place our faith in our Lord and not in our own abilities. It is in Christ that all things are possible, not by my might or strength.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ”
(2 Corinthians 4:18)
Faith is an uphill climb but it’s worth every step!
What step of faith is the Lord calling you to?
Forgive a friend?
Offer to serve in a new role at church?
Commit time each day for prayer and Bible reading?
Take the step … even if it is all uphill!
Stephen W. Hiemstra says
Good article. Love the photo. On a similar note: “no one expects to attain the height of learning, or arts, or power, or wealth, or military glory, without vigorous resolution, and strenuous diligence, and steady perseverance. Yet we expect to be Christians without labor, study, or inquiry” from pages 5-6 of William Wilberforce. 2006. A Practical View of Christianity (Orig. pub. 1797). Ed. Kevin Charles Belmonte. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Christian Classics; Hendrickson Publishers.
Sharon R Hoover says
Thanks for adding to the conversation, Stephen! Indeed…Wilberforce’s comment about perseverance truly underscores the challenges of the “climb.” When things get tough, we 21st century believers do tend to fall back on own resources instead of seeking the Lord more fervently. We sadly miss growth and blessings when we remove our gaze from Him. May we all better develop our spiritual “muscles” as we labor and study and inquire!