In 2014, a huge storm was moving towards India. It was predicted that half of India would be destroyed, especially the Southern India would be completely devastated was the forecast. If you take a look at the satellite pictures, you will understand why.
For more than a week, the TV news was filled with the impending doom. The experts looked so serious and every word filled with the gravity of the situation. Then the day arrived. Even a seasonal rain would have caused more damage than that, as the December rains in 2015 proved. Every expert and news analyst were left red-faced.
The problem was the Indian Meteorological Department had told that the storm would not be severe. Yet, everyone talked about the devastation as if it is the Gospel truth. Why? Because, the warning of impeding disaster came from NASA. Since NASA was issuing such an alert, everyone believed it strongly; yet, that belief left them embarrassed.
We saw that faith is the surety of hope. But believing in something is not enough; it is also important what we believe in. Most of the Indians have so much trust on NASA, but on that day, their trust and belief came crumbling down.
No matter how much we want, there is nothing on this earth that can be trusted completely. Because nothing in this world is permanent. Remember Titanic? Remember all the trust and faith everyone had on that “ship that even God cannot sink”? We all know the end result of that faith.
Yes, the value of faith depends on what we believe in. So, as a Christian, what do you believe? I have seen Christians having their faith on their ministers and preachers. Don’t get me wrong. Give them the respect they deserve. But do not put your faith on them. Once I was talking about a certain misconception about a theological view point. And, immediately a believer said, “No, that is so correct.” I asked her how and she said, “I don’t know. But my pastor and many other servants of God have told me so.”
The Israelites put their trust on Moses. They believed him completely. And what happened? Moses was spending 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai with the LORD. They were able to see the presence of God through the lightning, thunder and dark clouds. Yet, they tell Aaron this: “Make us gods who shall go before us. For this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” – Exo. 32:1
Moses was a leader and a man as they themselves point out. So if they don’t know what happened to him, they should have elected another leader. Instead they asked Aaron to make gods for them. So if you have so much trust on your ministers, it will lead to idolatry, in one way or another. It could be even certain concepts in which your church believes in; or certain spiritual deeds that you are involved in. What do you believe in?
Your faith is priceless. God Himself adores your faith. So, why don’t you believe only in Jesus? For, He alone does not change yesterday, today and forever. His love for you does not change. So, let us not keep our precious faith on people who perish and teachings that change; instead let us keep on our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us say with the psalmist: So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my Hope! (Psalm 39:7, ERV)