DayBreaks for 04/28/11 – A Step Beyond the Range of Light
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
In the 14th century, a French monk told an allegory about a donkey who was confronted with two equally desirable, attractive and delicious bales of hay. The animal stares, hesitates, stares some more…and eventually starves because it couldn’t come up with any logical justification for eating one bale of hay instead of the other.
On the surface the story is entertaining, but it holds very real meaning for believers. For faith to even exists, there must be an element of risk. If something is certain, no faith is required. For example, if you are certain that when you jump up off the ground you will not drift off into the deep freeze of space, you can jump in full faith/certainty that you’ll come down again. But if it were a 50/50 proposition, would anyone ever jump up? We have faith in the law of gravity.
Some things in life are nowhere near as certain (at least on the surface) as the Law of Gravity. There are those who struggle with making a decision about whether to believe or not. It becomes much like the dilemma faced by the donkey – they just don’t have enough certainty to move towards faith, or away from it. That middle ground is the most dangerous place to be because there is no passion in the relationship with God…it has become an intellectual dilemma and nothing more. Faith that is seen as a puzzle to be solved is not biblical faith.
Philip Yancey suggests that “Faith means striking out, with no clear end in sight and perhaps even no clear view of the next step. It means following, trusting, holding out a hand to an invisible Guide. …faith is reason gone courageous – not the opposite of reason, to be sure, but something more than reason and never satisfied by reason alone. A step always remains beyond the range of light.”
Are you venturing beyond the range of light? If you wait for certainty, you will never have it. Those who come to Him must believe He is the rewarder of those who seek Him…a premise accepted on faith, for there is little in this world to prove the nature of the reward. That proof remains to be seen…but today can be glimpsed only through seeing beyond the range of light visible to human eye.
PRAYER: Let us leap into Your arms in faith and not hesitate simply because we are not certain of things we cannot see! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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