It's something we don't talk about openly but often quietly question within. Scripture is full of wonderful promises from God, but sometimes we don't experience them happening in our lives. God tells us that if we believe, all things are possible to us (Mark 9:23). We know that God does not lie (Numbers 23:19), but many of us feel that we believe and still don't see results. Why do so many promises from God fail to materialize?
We need to understand that there are two very different ways of believing available to us. The most common we could call “reasonable belief.” It’s based on information from our five physical senses and operates according to the rules of logic. It’s our natural way of believing, and we practice it countless times every day. It works like this: We smell and see smoke and naturally look for a fire that we believe explains this information from our senses. This is “reasonable belief,” which is grounded in information we receive from what we can see, hear, touch, taste or smell.
Scripture refers to the second type of belief as “faith.” We might call it “unreasonable belief” because it often appears impossible to the information from our five senses and logic. Let's look at a few examples of “unreasonable belief” from Scripture.
God told an old man, Abraham, that he and his wife, Sarah, would have a child. This was totally unreasonable because Sarah was well beyond her childbearing years. Their reasonable belief told them, “No way,” but Abraham's faith believed in this unreasonable promise of God. “Abraham's faith did not weaken even though at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah's womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God was able to do whatever He promises” (Romans 4:19-21).
God's battle plan for Israel with Jericho was to march around the city seven times and blow trumpets. How unreasonable! Whoever heard of a battle being fought this way? But when the people in faith placed their unreasonable belief in God's plan and did what He commanded, the walls of Jericho fell flat and the inhabitants were easily conquered (Joshua 5:13-6:27).
Jesus put mud on the eyes of a blind man and commanded him to go wash it off, telling him that he would see. All of our reasonable belief tells us that there is no logical connection between someone washing mud off and having vision restored. But the blind man had faith. He believed the unreasonable and gained his sight (John 9:6-7).
God's promises are based on the unreasonable belief of faith. Because it is unreasonable, faith comes from our heart, not our head. What our five senses tell us doesn't matter, for faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is being absolutely certain in the absence of confirming input from our five senses and logical reasoning.
Maybe we don't see more of God's promises fulfilled because we’re applying the wrong type of believing. God gives each of us the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Ask God to show you how to use this unreasonable belief to receive everything He has promised!
I invite you to come and be a part of our services this Sunday at 9:30 & 11:30 AM as I share the second message in our “Prophetic Destiny” series.