Sunday, 21 April 2013

The NOW faith

I have recently read the letter to the Hebrews a few times. It is quite an interesting letter, for a few reasons. One of them, which I enjoy a lot, is that the author knows the scripture, but does not quote the extract ones. He only refers to the fact that he knows it is written somewhere. It indicates to me that we are all human, all normal.

Another interesting part of the Hebrews is the well-known chapter 11. It tells us what faith is, and also lists the fathers of faith:
 - Abel,
 - Enoch,
 - Noah,
 - Abraham,
 - Isaac,
 - Jacob,
 - Joseph,
 - Moses,
 - Rahab, and then a whole list of others, including Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets.

We will look at them over the next while or so. True legends of faith. For now, let us have a look at faith.

It starts in verse one and catches my eye immediately: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. You see, it is about us. It is not about what will happen, or the future, or a promise, or whatever. It is about us, NOW. 

We should have a level of confidence in what we hope for. An assurance. We should be assured that whatever lies ahead is planned to perfection. It is more that just believing, it is knowing. It should be a fact to us, like knowing that the earth turns.

We have to learn to know faith

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


These days almost all animation movies are in 3D. We even went to watch a Soccer World Cup 2010 game in 3D. It seemed like we were at the game itself! With 3D it is as if you form part of the movies. Objects fly past you and people stand out from the background.

For 3D to be effective, you need to wear one of these:

How does it all work, though? For video to work, it requires 3 primary colours: red, blue and green. If all three are not present you won't find colour television. In a 3D movie the developers place two layers of video on to of each other. The one layer does not have red in it, while the other does not contain blue. 

Our are eyes are used to see, but it is actually our brains that forms the picture. By virtue of the fact that we put these ridiculous glasses on our eyes, we are able to see the image in 3D.

So, how is this relevant to us, apart from the fact that it is interesting? The same thing happens in our everyday life. Everyday there are things that happen around us that we do not see. Blessings, love, joy, sorrow, needs, other people etc. All things we neglect from time to time since we cannot see.

How do I learn to see then, since I have eyes? There is only one tool: read the Bible. Through that we will be able to see things that the Lord wants us to see. We will become who He wants us to be. And if the Bible seems like jargon, ask Him to break it open for you, cause His Spirit inspired it, His Spirit will also reveal it to you.

He is our 3D glasses to this life