Luke 18:8 (NKJV) 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
This week we have been looking at what Jesus defined as a generational problem for those who were part of the action in Mark 9. A father came to Jesus with faith but allowed the disappointments he faced to erode his expectation until he stopped expecting God to do what he knew he could do. That happens to us as well. However, it was not just the father who had a problem believing.
The scribes were part of the religious establishment. They were Israelites all their lives but had never seen the manifestation of God’s power as it had been under Moses. Paul described their condition as having a form of Godliness but lacking the power behind it. The disciples were part of the new move of God. They had seen Jesus do mighty things and done some themselves but when they encountered something they could not handle they were intimidated by the voice of unbelief and failed.
The children of Israel had fallen to the point of making a golden calf to worship because Moses was in the mountain and they did not know if he was coming back. Jesus was on the mountain of transfiguration when the father came. Since he was not there, the voice of unbelief tried to overcome the situation. Today, we face a similar challenge.
It has been more than 50 years since the beginning of the last great move of God. It has been 30 years since it ended. We are living in a day when the things our fathers and mothers in the faith saw routinely we are not seeing at all. Healing, deliverance and the miraculous were a consistent part of the charismatic renewal. We did not see them every day but we saw them enough so they were a normal part of our expectation. Today that expectation is waning rapidly. The voice of unbelief is trying to take hold in order to make the church ineffective and irrelevant.
The good news is that Jesus always returns. His presence will manifest again in power. Since the day of Pentecost this cycle has been in effect. Peter prophesied that it would continue until the Jesus returns in the flesh.
Acts 3:19-20 (NKJV) 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
This is directly tied to what we have been studying in Mark 9. If we can believe, all things are possible. If we cannot believe, nothing is possible outside of the natural. That means it is possible that Jesus will visit us again in power. There are many voices telling is this will not happen. There have always been these voices. They are the voices of unbelief. Nevertheless, Jesus always returns!
The only question is what will he find in us when he does return. Again, I am not talking about his ultimate return although we must expect that as well. I am talking about his return to us with a visitation of power. In today’s verse, Jesus asks a question. Will the son of man really find faith when he comes to your life? Another way to say it would be this way. Will the son of man find real faith when he comes to you?
What is real faith. It is many things. We could look to Hebrews 11:1 for a bible definition.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
As I was thinking about this, God began to show me something I had not seen before. To many, the idea of faith is the direct opposite of logic. In modern movies, TV, etc. faith is seen as an illogical belief in something that is unseen. Sometimes it is seen as a positive thing but more often it is seen as foolish and irrational. We see the scientist as the wise person who must protect the person of faith. I believe this is wrong.
Faith is not irrational. Faith is not illogical. One of the main keys to victorious faith is that we must not be controlled by our feelings. Our feelings will often be contrary to our faith. Feelings will eventually follow faith but the faith itself is not based in a feeling. It is based squarely in logic!
The reason the scientific and academic world tends to think of faith as illogical is that faith is a logic based in a set of truths that they do not understand. Their logic is based in natural truth and natural law. That is the basis for all that natural people consider logical. I submit that there is a logic based on another set of truths that science cannot see or quantify. A person who has met Jesus as personal Lord and savior can.
Faith is logic based on the revelation of God. It assumes that he exists. Hebrews 11:6 says that if we come to him we must believe that he is. If he is at all he must be what he says he is. He says he is almighty. Therefore, whatever he reveals in his word is possible. It is possible for heal the sick, provide finances, overcome depression or bring you into the victorious destiny for which he created you. That is the logic of faith.
Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Faith is logic that is based on the truth and integrity of the word of God. It is illogical in the natural to believe that a church could expand a building that costs some $750,000 in an economically depressed area. It is even more illogical if that congregation is not made up of wealthy people. It is certainly illogical to think it can be done without borrowing from a bank. Nevertheless, our church did just that. How did we do it? We did it by the logic of faith.
We took the time to hear from God. It was his idea to build an addition on our church. It was not my idea. He showed us what he wanted. We tried to go in another direction because what he wanted did not seem possible under existing zoning laws. He said to me, “I told you to build an addition not a new building. If you want to build your building, you will have to pay for it. If you build my addition, I will pay for it.” I could not argue with that logic.
That did not answer the question of how we were going to get the money. Natural logic said it was impossible. I chose to base my logic on another set of truths.
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
That made it completely logical to begin construction with no money. Faith is logic based on the truth of God’s word. It is not some emotional, illogical thinking that no one really understands. Faith is based on the highest logic. The logic of the truth of God’s Word and the reality of our relationship with him.
I know that God is. I know that he is active in my life. I can think of no more logical, or safe, place to be than under the shadow of his wings.
Will Jesus find the logic of faith when he comes to your life? When you are faced with a trial or challenge will you lean on natural logic? Will you accept the limitations that natural logic places upon you? Or will you accept the logic of the promises of God? If you do that, you will find that there are endless possibilities for your life. The logic of faith will never fail to produce the will of God. Do not be afraid. Go with God’s logic see what he will do!