I’m currently doing a Bible study called “Believing God” (by Beth Moore) with a friend that has me thinking a lot about faith. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how much faith I actually have and how I can go about getting more. While working through the study this morning I realized that faith is a full body action.
I often just think of faith as knowing with my head and believing with my heart. One of the frustrating things in my Christian walk is that
sometimes most times my head and heart are not on the same page. This morning I realized that faith involves more than just my head and heart, but also my feet. And that the disconnect between my head and my feet is even greater than that between my head and heart.
With my head I know what I believe- That God is who He says He is, He can do what He says He can do, and that His word and spirit are alive and active in and around me.
My heart is where I feel this knowledge and where if I’m honest my doubt and trust issues live. While my head knows God is sovereign in all circumstances sometimes my heart doubts that maybe, just maybe, the situation I’m in is the expectation not the rule. Clearly my heart has some pride and trust issues.
My feet are where what I know with my head and sort of believe with my heart goes to die. The faith called for in scripture is a verb sort of faith not a noun. The Greek verb tense used in verses like Ephesians 1:19 and Hebrews 11:6 refer to a faith that continually and presently active. My feet should show the same amount of faith reflected in my head and heart.
Not too long ago the friend I’m doing the study with and I were talking about the disconnect between our heads and hearts when it comes to faith. We both wanted to know how we made them match up and neither of us had a clue. But I think I finally have the answer and it lies with our feet.
Regardless of how my heart feels about my circumstances my feet should act on the truth that I know. I have this feeling that when we prayerfully act based on what we know is true, the levels of faith in our head, heart and feet will not only increase but find themselves more in line with each other. When we are honest with God about our unbelief he is faithful to forgive us and increase our faith.