How Do I Believe?

If you’ve read the last posts on Why We Should Believe (Part 1 and Part 2), you may be convinced that belief is powerful.  Yet you may be skeptical… I want to believe but I’ve been burned in the past.  But belief is powerful… even life-changing.  I would hate for you to miss out on that power!

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So, let’s say you want to try to believe in something again.  The next logical question is, “How do I believe?”

Let’s cut to the chase.  I’m going to talk about believing in Christ, because there are a million reasons why I think this is a great idea for warriors.

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Now, before you check out on me, let me be bold enough to dare you to stay tuned for one year.  There’s a lot to unpack here, and you have to give it some time.

But for today, let’s address the elephant in the room when it comes to faith.  How do I believe?

In Jocko’s case (his book, Extreme Ownership), his belief comes after he is able to question his chain of command long enough to understand the “Why.”  When he understands why the command is asking them to do something, he is able to convince others and they are all willing to take the necessary risks to press ahead with the mission.

But here’s the challenge when it comes to faith.  We don’t always know why, and we can’t always understand.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Is 55:8–9 NLT)

Does this mean I have no chance to believe in God since I won’t always get the why?

Here’s the good news: you can still believe without fully grasping the why.  That’s called faith.

I learned this the hard way, during a dark season of my own.  I still have questions, and I still have good days and bad.  But what I definitely have… is faith.  How?

I started by just looking at Jesus in the Bible.  I needed some focus.  And rather than ask myself why he did what he did, or why things didn’t make sense to me in this fallen world, I simply asked two questions as I examined the life of Christ:

  1. Did Jesus ever do anything He said He wouldn’t do?
  2. Did Jesus ever NOT do something He said He would?

This is where breakthrough came for me.  Try it and you’ll see that Jesus tells it like it is.  He tells us we’ll have trouble in this world.  He tells us people will hate.  He tells us we’ll encounter suffering in this world.

And He tells us how to overcome it, as does Scripture:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Prov 3:5–6 NLT)

Related imageWhy do I trust Him?  Because Jesus demonstrates consummate integrity.  He does what He says, right to the end, even though He suffers with us.  He experiences the hate and brokenness of this world.  He experiences abandonment from His closest friends.  He is a victim of the most cruel injustice and excruciating death I can imagine.

Yet… He never waivers in His belief in His mission, nor in His Father.

And He calls us to continue to believe.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe. (John 14:27–29 NLT)

For me, it’s not about understanding everything in this broken world… it’s about trust.  If I can trust someone, I can believe in them.  If I believe in someone, I can follow them, even if it’s not the way I want to go or the outcome looks bleak.

I trust… therefore I can believe.

I believe… therefore I can follow.

How about you?

1.  Who do you trust?  Why do you trust them?
2.  What holds you back from trusting?
3.  What has helped you make progress towards believing again?

Share with others and help a fellow warrior regain the power of belief!

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