Faith takes life’s direction and resigns it to God’s discretion. We are left wanting and waiting and falling and flailing without a parachute. And, with this falling, comes an emotion and a need. We feel afraid. Yes, fear and faith are not foreign to each other. How else should we describe the empty abandonment felt before the deliverance of God, not the elation experienced after God confirms the promise. Faith involves fear. It is the cold dead tomb, sealed and silent.
Faith is also need. “God, you must act or I die. You must catch me.” With no need faith does not lead us to new mornings with new days. There is no descent into Christ. Our faith has neither stretched us nor moved us nor changed us. Without need we are not transformed because our self is not crucified upon the altar, nor is pride and self-confidence killed. Faith is a tomb sealed by a rock only God can move, and waiting till morning.
People must know that faith leads to dark, God-intended places. They must expect fear or they will flee the tomb. They must expect need or they will not wait to see God fulfill it. Tell them, “Once you step you are going to start to fall. It is alright to be afraid. It is the right emotion for one out of control. You are gong to be at a loss. But, wait for God. His timing is perfect and provision is beyond measure. After the cold sealed tomb is the blessed morning of resurrection and new life.”
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me…do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:8