“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;”
Proverbs 3:5 (CSB)
My husband and I have been introducing classic Christmas movies to our daughter over the past couple of years, and last week we added Miracle on 34th Street to the mix. Although we didn’t see the classic 1947 Natalie Wood rendition, we saw an excellent 1955 one-hour television version, and my favorite sentiment from the story is still the statement made by Fred Gailey: “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to.”
Although Fred was referring to whether or not he should believe Kris Kringle is really Santa Claus, his statement could be applied to the Christian faith as well. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us that our trust should be in God, and not in our own understanding. How often have we looked at our problems from a limited worldly view, tried to solve them, and then found ourselves still in the midst of that same struggle? On the other hand, have you ever had to make a decision when there was no way of knowing the outcome? The decision you made was a step of faith into the unknown.
That’s the thing about faith. It isn’t tangible. Faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). In Miracle on 34th Street, Fred could not rely on common sense to believe Santa was real, yet he chose to believe anyway. As Christians, when our faith is low, if we remember God’s promise that he will take care of us, this will make it easier for us to choose faith over our own feelings or those things that we think are common sense.
Think of it this way: what do you have to lose by keeping your faith?