Fault lines tremble underneath my glass house
But I put it out of my mind
Long enough to call it courage
To live without a life-line.
I bend the definition of faith to exonerate my blind eye.
“Till the sirens sound, I’m safe.”
~Sleeping at Last, Earth
These lyrics caught in my mind and stuck there, like a rock in the crook of a stream.
Do I do this in my own life?
Do I tell God that I will trust Him and then go on my own way?
Do I think “having faith” means turning my mind off of the problem?
Do I ignore Him until He sounds the sirens that will finally wake me to His leading?
I think that too often, when we say we will trust God we really mean that we will put the problem out of our minds and continue on our own way. We think if we don’t deal with it, the problem will eventually go away or work itself out. That’s trust, right?
No, that’s apathy. As Sleeping at Last sings in the song above, that mindset bends what faith really is into something much more unstable and shallow. An apathetic view tries to ignore the problem, even when it’s something as obvious as a glass house standing on a fault line of an earthquake. An apathetic view believes that everything is fine and will work out somehow – until the sirens sound and it is too late to change.
This kind of mindset can seem only shades different than faith. After all, you’re not holding on to try to control the situation. You’re not focusing on the problem anymore; you’re just “letting God work.” But it is a sinister subtlety.
True faith does not just let go of control and forget about things, true faith focuses on God and sees the problem in His light, which causes you to relinquish control over the situation into God’s hands. It allows you to focus on God instead of your problems, and realize His power and sovereignty in your life. It actually enables you to handle the problems of life instead of pretending they’re not there.
Faith is a life-line, a steadfast gaze on Jesus, a deep root that anchors you no matter what shatters and collapses around you.
Apathy is a pretense that you have a life-line, a blind eye to the chaos around, a castle built on sand that will wash away.
What do you want to base your life on?
“Therefore, everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:24-27 ESV