This song was born out of the struggle I have with the tension between having assurances and certainty in life, and having a strong faith despite the unknown and unseen.
I think most of us want security by having everything planned and accounted for, but at the same time part of our human nature is to embrace risk and take chances. Life would be very boring and predictable if we knew everything that was going to happen.
I’m not sure you can have hope without the element of the unknown. You can’t hope and be expectant for something where the outcome has already been decided and revealed and where every detail is planned in advance. It’s a bit like watching a game of your favourite sport (rugby in my case) when you already know the result. It completely ruins the thrill and enjoyment of the game. Hope is an essential part of being human and an vital part of having a relationship with God, and we can’t have all the answers. Faith fills the void between our belief and doubts.
Does that mean that we blindly take risks? No, I don’t think so. God has given us brains and free will to make decisions, and faith in God isn’t blind faith. He has revealed enough about himself to enable us enter into a relationship with him and trust him without knowing everything there is to know about life. We have his word in the Bible, we have nature, personal testimony, miracles, historical evidence and plenty more. The amazing thing about God is that he doesn’t event require us to have enormous faith. Jesus teaches that even if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, he can use that and make it grow.
As I look back over my life I can see where he has been at work, and as I progress in my walk with Him, my faith grows. Yes, it’s tested and stretched and I still have doubts, but that is where faith bridges the gap. It is often in the times of testing and trial that our faith grows the most, because we find ourselves in a place of complete dependence on God. “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3.
My faith is only as strong as the thing I have faith in. I can have faith that a chair will hold my weight when I sit on it, but if it has a broken leg and collapses when I sit down, my faith is of no use. I have confidence in my God who made me and created the world, and the assurance that he loves me and has a plan for my life even when things go wrong and don’t make sense. He is certain, steadfast, unchanging and completely faithful, therefore my faith is built on a firm foundation.
There is a verse in Hebrew that perfectly sums up what faith is and forms the basis for the chorus of my song…
“Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1
I sincerely pray that as you listen to this song and contemplate the basis of your faith that you can call out to God, “I’m a believer, help my unbelief”.