Blaise Pascal once wrote, “In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” Confidence in the things which we believe is the catalyst for the life which we will live. Those who cling to the shadows are those who dare not step into the light for fear of what they do not know. Faith walks boldly into the somewhat unknown guided by the light they have come to trust. They trustingly walk by candlelight not by floodlight. His Word is a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path. And in biblical times, those lights were candlelight. No chance of a floodlight showing the big picture all at once.
A confident faith is a faith which despite not having all the answers has seen enough through evidence and experience to know to trust that next step forward. It is those who require the floodlight who stand idly by afraid to venture even one more step. This lack of confidence is the debilitating force in many of our Christians today. Moreland writes, “Faith goes beyond accepting certain truths and crucially involves confident in and reliance upon a Person- the Triune God.” True faith is ‘confidence in’ and ‘confidence that’ something is the case.
We act according to the strength of our beliefs and the nature of those beliefs. A vital point needs to be made here. The word faith can be substituted with the word trust. Trust grows as we place our trust in such or such a fact or person and through experience, that faith or trust grows. Faith is active and made more alive when it is exercised. What I am trying to say is that we need to exercise our faith even in the midst of uncertainties. Clinging to the shadows of our doubts makes for one very ineffective witness. One step in faith at a time is the way a Christian must live. That is called dependence. Having to have all the answers up front is not faith or trust- it is in fact just the opposite. Walk by faith, not by sight.