I have a friend who is a self-proclaimed atheist. She has a difficult time with grasping the “whole God thing” because she feels it’s all so unreasonable. She thinks that the scientific evidence just doesn’t match up with the evidence of faith. She believes that both should be equal, and probably desires more evidence of reason than faith, though I’m not sure she would ever be willing to admit that.
It’s interesting the trees live in perfect harmony with both science and faith. The science explains every aspect of a tree, really. The seedlings, how they germinate and root. How they photosynthesize. You might not even know what all this means, but you have faith that the tree will grow and produce the fruit it needs to. So just because you don’t understand the science, doesn’t mean the science isn’t there. And reason can’t produce faith, but it does support it.
Likewise, just because you don’t understand the depths or the way faith works, doesn’t mean that faith doesn’t exsist–or isn’t available in your situation.
Trees depend on science, but they also depend on faith. They have unwavering belief that God will provide it’s sunlight, water and nourishment. Trees know and understand both faith and reason.
Just like us, we have to understand that science is there for our understanding, but faith is their for our relationship with Christ. It is there to provide us with joy, peace, knowledge and love. The challenge is for us to depend on our faith in God more than the need for explanation of everything in our life.
Right now, I have to learn to depend on my faith in Christ apart from my circumstances. How about you? Do you depend more on faith or reason? In what ways? How can you change?
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Proverbs 3 The Message