2 Simple Realities That Make All The Difference On Your Faith Journey

Keep Your Faith Simple

Could it be that faith in God has gotten complicated for you?  Many believe you must understand a certain theological system or interpret scripture using a hard-to-grasp paradigm before your relationship with God makes sense. I don’t think so! 

For decades I studied God and his ways. Sometimes, I’d back myself into an intellectual corner and sit there paralyzed. I couldn’t make sense of God. I have a friend who did this kind of thing and now calls himself an atheist. Is this a life of faith? 

Hebrews 11 presents many descriptions of people who had the right kind of faith. One example is found in Hebrews 11.5-6. It tells of Enoch’s simple faith.

As an example of faith, Enoch knew two simple realities:

1. God exists.

This was not just a head knowledge or an intellectual idea he had about God. There was no way to know God like that in his time. There were no philosophical or scientific arguments for the existence of God for him to study. He did not attend lectures on God’s existence and become convinced. He knew God existed because he was experiencing the reality of God in his everyday life. God’s existence was not a theory or concept. He knew God as he experienced the birth of his children, as he lived in nature, as he saw the sun rise and set, as he ate food provided for him, as he endured suffering, worked hard and interacted with people (especially his children) or sat in silence. 

Truth is, this is how you and I know God exists, as well. Conventionally, modern Christianity wants you to only find God through books and arguments that appeal to your intellect. But, classical Christianity teaches that God is known experientially in everyday life. It’s always been this way.

Saint Maximos the Confessor (580-662) sheds light on “existence:” 

The final goal of the movement of the things that move is to reach the eternal and good existence, just as their beginning lies in the existence which is God. For he is both the giver of existence and the One who gives the gift of that good existence as its beginning and its goal. 

God exists here in everything that exists – seen and unseen. You can experience Him if you will. 

2. God rewards those who seek Him.

What is this “reward?” It seems Enoch’s reward was that he had the pleasure of God’s company 24/7. Is there any greater reward? What would it be like to actually experience God all the time? Was Enoch also rewarded by not dying? We are not sure where he was “taken” but we know he did not die. Was his experience of seeking God so intimate that, being in God, he simply entered eternity with Him? Fascinating.

Enoch’s example is motivation to seek God with simple faith. Believe that God exists and believe that he rewards you as you seek him. Seeking God is a journey of faith. Faith is not instantly developed. Faith means journeying with God whom you cannot see physically (though Jesus showed us God in his person) though you experience His existence. 

You’re on that journey. Keep it simple like Enoch. Enjoy the reward of God as you seek Him in everything.

How has your pursuit of God left you? How would a simple-faith pursuit change you? Share below. 

Dr. K 

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6 thoughts on “2 Simple Realities That Make All The Difference On Your Faith Journey

  1. Great comments, Keith! So many books, so little relationality. So much information “learned” at the level of the intellect, so little growth in love. So much groping after knowledge, so little growth in grace. I say this primarily with my finger pointing back at me, believe me! Thanks for the simple, yet powerful reminders to keep it simple…and keep first things first.

    • Thanks Brian. There is a place for the intellect in Christian living. Yet, our quiet, gracious heart gets crushed by the weight of the intellect. Because we’re fragmented beings, we don’t really know how to live from the inside out. We need healing in the worst way so our heart and mind function together in unity. “Lord have mercy and grant healing to my soul.” Thanks for your good comments and engagement. Keith

  2. God is timeless, Everlasting! yet, His timing in my life is evident every day and in every situation. To force God’ s hand is so human. To wait for the Spirit to work His will out takes a walk of faith. This pursuit in my life has taken a lifetime. God has His perfect way and it is timeless but takes time. Mom

    • Now there’s a subject for another post, God & Time. I guess that’s why I’ve always admired Enoch. He simply walked with God everyday – not seemingly concerned with God’s work in the past or what would happen in the future. He did what was asked of him and saw God’s existence everywhere. That’s the kind of faith I need to have. Maybe time didn’t matter to him. He just lived in a present communion with God, moment-by-moment. What a way to live! Thanks for engaging The UnCommon Journey. Keith

  3. It is very interesting that in the Bible, no where does it try to convince the reader that God exists, it is a foregone conclusion. As we experience life, God’s existence calls to us constantly, in everything that we see, do, taste, feel, hear, and touch. Jesus called us to come to him as children did, simply and humbly.

    • So true, John. Our brokenness and pride (sin) blind us from seeing God all around us. That is as true for me as it is for the most ardent God-denying atheist. May God enlighten our darkness. Thanks for your comments, brother! Keith

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