The Simplicity of Faith


It’s a word we use often in the church.  Recently, I’ve been realizing that I have been trying to overcomplicate this simple thing.  Imagine that.  Me. Overcomplicating and overanalyzing something.  That’s new. Not.  Anyways…

Lately, I’ve been searching for something different, something new, something that I thought was missing.  It almost like I thought faith wasn’t enough for me.  WHAT?  Did I just type that?  But really, I wanted something more than what I had.  Crazy kid.  What was I thinking?

The word faith is all over Scripture.

1 John 5:4 says, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”  Wowzers.  Faith isn’t enough for me, even though it’s overcome the world?  Who do I think I am?

Similarly, Ephesians 6:16 says, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” Simple faith in Christ kicks Satan in the face.  Not enough?

Of course, we also know that faith the size of a musturd seed can do a lot–for instance, move a mountain (Matthew 17:20) and uproot a tree (Luke 17:6).

I think I may have had a misconstrued idea of what faith is.  I wanted it to be complicated.  Why do I do things like this?  Why do I desire my relationship with the Lord to be complicated when, really, it’s the least complicated relationship one could ever have?

Let’s go back to being like a child…carefree in our faith.  Matthew 18:3  reminds us that we must become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Maybe you don’t struggle with trying to overcomplicate the simple things, but I sometimes (okay, often) do.  I know that I need to go back to the childlike innocence of my faith where I am satisfied by the Lord, satisfied with faith in Him…that’s all it takes.  It might be simple.  But that’s the beauty of it.


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