Faith Versus Foolishness
Christians love anything done by faith. We do things by faith. We make decisions by faith. We try new things by faith. We live our lives by faith. And we’re even proud about it. Why wouldn’t we? It pleases the Lord. Does it?
Oftentimes, we confuse foolishness for faith. We act as if its done by faith, when it’s really foolishness masquerading as faith. Sadly, we even have a hard time distinguishing one from the other. So what do we do then? Let’s recall the story when Peter walked on water.
After feeding five thousand men (Matthew 14:13-21), Jesus had his disciples go to the other side of the lake, riding a boat. Soon, Jesus followed…walking on water! The disciples were afraid, but they were comforted by their Master. Eventually, Peter walked on water. Like Master, like student. Matthew 14:29 says:
29…So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. (emphasis added)
It seems foolish that Peter thought of walking on water. How can he? Physics simply wouldn’t let him. It’s plain foolishness. But let’s consider the preceding verse:
28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.”
That’s it! Peter first asked Jesus if walking on the water was a good idea at all. Jesus consented. Then he walked on water. Now that’s faith—faith in Jesus’ command that he walk on water! What seems foolishness at first was really an act done by faith.
An act or decision done by faith is one that is grounded in Bible-informed faith. That’s what distinguishes faith from foolishness. Peter’s faith was grounded on Jesus’ command to him; our faith should be grounded on the Word of God. The actions and decisions we make or commit should be grounded on the Bible. That’s living by faith.
A Christian who lives by faith is also one who lives by the Bible.