February 24, 2018
Acts 23:11… The following night, the Lord stood by him(Paul) and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”
This morning, I was put to pause by the word ‘facts’ in this sentence. I have maintained a position that we don’t live by facts, we live by faith. Seeing the word makes me stop and examine myself. Upon examination, I realize that I have been wrong to some degree. God gave us faith to bridge the giant chasm between the physical world and the spiritual one. Faith substantiates the words from the Spirit world. There are facts in the Spirit, just as there are facts in the physical.
If I see a rock in a field, I can try to lift it and I can kick it, both actions will tell me, “This is a rock.” Just as surely, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paid the price of all sin. We might relate to Jesus’ death by faith, but it is also a fact. You might argue, “Facts must be proved.” That which we believe by faith we don’t have to prove. We believe it because God said it, and that is the whole truth.
Hebrews 6:13… For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater by which to swear, he swore by Himself…
If we believe in God, then we also believe that what He says is fact. Paul witnessed to the facts about God. There are facts about God, indisputable truths. There are also things about Him that we are incapable of understanding. His ways are above ours.
Isaiah 55: 8-9… “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways”, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours and my thoughts higher than yours.
So, God has spoken, we will not fully understand everything about Him. He has given us facts: He created everything that exists. He sent his only Son to die for us. He flooded the whole earth because of His anger toward evil.
But, there are still things we don’t understand. His love is one of those things. Sometimes His slowness to answer does not feel like love. Faith believes what we cannot yet see. And Solomon told us to trust in Him with all our heart.