On Knowing and Faith

To my friend who’s aching for the faith he’s lost, I want to say, wanting to believe is believing. Yearning, longing, aching to believe is entering into the passion and pathos of God’s love for the world — feeling for a moment what it feels like to be God. Faith begins where certainty ends. Paul said “I want to know Christ” — not “I know Christ.” Don’t let your grief paralyze you. Let it make you bolder, more dependent than ever on the power of the resurrection. And don’t let your sense of God’s absence isolate you. Jesus said “When did you see me hungry?” It sounds like you’re the one who’s hungry. Desperately hungry. Maybe it’s time you let people see Jesus in you.

Samuel Wells, from a sermon preached at Duke Chapel on Oct. 5, 2008.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s