Believe in something

The question I am tossing around in my head this morning is this: what does it mean to believe in something?

I know what I believe in, and for most of my life, I have lived through those things instead of for those things. Here is what I mean: When I was a little girl I believed in fairies. No matter who told me they didn’t exist, I held out my hand for them with longing. I didn’t build houses for them. I didn’t set traps. I didn’t wander around my yard searching for proof. I just knew they were real and so I believed. I didn’t search for them but I believed in them, and wouldn’t you agree?

As an adult I believe in many other things…

I believe in peace.

I believe in honesty.

I believe in hope. 

I also believe in God.

If you’re about to hit that little arrow button to return to your previous screen, I would challenge you not to. I am not about to preach, I have insight I’m eager to share. The bulletin boards down the highway scream “peace on earth”, “murder for a cause”, and “Choose God or go to hell”, and it’s obvious we have a decision to make. What do we believe in? 

Do we partner with the ones who are screaming hell and quoting Mother Teresa? Or even worse, are quoting Jesus? Do we partner with the ones who say, “Take a life to better the world”? Do we partner with anyone at all? Can’t we just say, “This is my opinion and this is what I believe in.”? It sure seems a lot less intimidating.

When I met God He challenged my beliefs. He tested the motive behind my views in areas I am certain He agrees with. He encouraged me to question my belief in honesty, in hope, in peace, and in life. Obviously, our loving God wasn’t trying to replace my opinion towards these things, instead He was opening my eyes to believe in them differently. He was refining my understanding of belief. Stay with me…

What does it mean to believe in something?

Is belief a view or a feeling? I would argue it’s neither of those things. Belief is an action, so then the one who believes, acts on behalf of their belief. I’ve heard it time and time again since I came to The Lord, from all kinds of people who struggle to believe in Him, “I just can’t get myself to believe in God when there are a bunch of hypocritical Christians who say one thing and do another.”

And wouldn’t you agree that this is a problem? The one who shouts peace should not raise hell. The one who says that it’s okay to take a life should not shower their child in shame because they chose to have an abortion. A Christian who proclaims the name of Christ, but doesn’t believe in Him with all their heart, should not stand up to preach. Because the one who believes will act.

“…If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved.” – Romans 10:9-10

In light of what I’ve learned, my sweet self as a child did not actually believe in Fairies. I thought the idea of a fairy was beautiful. My mind agreed with their existence and my heart failed to follow through. I wanted to believe in them. The neighbor who spent two hours building a tiny house, table set with cheese, and a bed made to comfort the frail body of a fairy… She believed in fairies.

And at 24 years old, I believe in God. 

I believe in peace.

I believe in honesty.

I believe in hope.

 

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