I’ve never been a math person, but one thing I do like about it is that there is always a right answer. If we work the problem correctly, we’ll come to an indisputable conclusion.
I was reminded yesterday that putting my faith in God is as logical as the equation 1+1=2. If we’re willing to see with spiritual eyes and accept it, it’s only logical to not only believe in God, but to believe God.
Take Abraham for example. God asked him to take his precious and promised son up on a mountain and sacrifice him on an altar, and he obeyed. (For those who might not know, God did not require the life of his son; He was testing Abraham’s faith.)
Hebrews 11:19 – He [Abraham] considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.
The word “considered” is translated from the Greek word logizomai, which means to reckon, count, compute, calculate, count over. In the KJV, the verse begins “Accounting that God…” In other words, Abraham did the math.
Abraham looked at the evidence before him and considered it. He reasoned through it. He took into account all that he knew and weighed it against his human logic. He counted it up and came to a conclusion that propelled him to a decision that we see as faith, but in reality, was only logical.
Faith is built on facts. Abraham reviewed the facts he knew to be true and was able to willingly obey God’s unbelievable request to sacrifice his son, Isaac.
Fact #1 – Abraham knew and believed in God’s character.
God had said Abraham would have a son, and He had fulfilled that promise (Hebrews 11:17). God’s character was trustworthy. The evidence that God keeps His word and that He cannot and will not lie was standing in front of him, innocently waiting for his father to provide the sacrifice for the offering.
Fact #2 – Abraham knew and believed God’s Word.
God had clearly said that many descendants would come from his body through Isaac (Hebrews 11:18). Abraham had yet to see that promise fulfilled but based on what he had already seen and experienced, he had confidence it would come. He knew God’s word was true and reliable. He staked his life on it, as well as the life of his son.
A confident faith is built on knowing the character of God and the Word of God. God is truth. God is good. God is love. God is merciful. God is righteous. God is holy. God is omnipotent. God is omniscient. God is wise. God is sovereign. This is how God has revealed Himself in His trustworthy Word, along with giving us all the commands and instructions and wisdom and promises we need to know to live a life of faith.
Do the math.
Has God ever lied?
Has God ever failed to fulfill His Word?
Then why does our faith waver? Why do we worry? Why do not trust?
We haven’t done the math.
Knowing that God’s character is trustworthy and that His Word is true is a comfort to those who believe in Him and belong to the family. We have considered the evidence and surrendered to His call to repent and believe, and we walk by confident, logical faith. Things have added up for us.
But for those who don’t believe, the math still works. God’s character will not change, and His Word will come true. Whether we believe like Abraham did or refuse to accept God’s offer of salvation is up to us.
Do the math. Look around you at the world He created. See the destruction sin causes and compare it to the joy and peace and life and hope possessed by those who are truly in Christ. I pray it all adds up for you.