Many years ago, the following appeared in Moody Monthly:
“Did you ever raise a radish? You put a small black seed into the black soil, and, in a little while, you return to the garden and find the full grown radish.
The top is green, the body white and almost transparent, and the skin a delicate red or pink. What mysterious power reaches out and gathers from the ground the particles which give it form and size and flavor?
Whose is the invisible brush that transfers to the root, growing in darkness, the hues of the summer sunset?
If we were to refuse to eat anything until we could understand the mystery of its creation, we would die of starvation – but mystery, it seems, never bothers us in the dining room; it is only in the church that it causes us to hesitate.”1
A desperate father brought his tormented son to Christ, pleading for His assistance.
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
“Believe” means “to be persuaded of, to place confidence, to trust, reliance on, totally leaning on.”2
Faith is more than a believing with the mind. It is a total act of complete reliance upon God.
A children’s Bible teacher suddenly stopped reading a passage from the Bible, and asked the youngsters,
“Why do you believe in God?”
She got a variety of answers, some full of simple faith, others obviously insincere. The one that stunned her came from the son of the minister.
He answered boldly, “I guess it just runs in the family!”3
“This is the polar-star of a child of God – faith in his Father’s providences, promises, and grace. Let the eye look upward, and all will be light.”4
1. Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 709
2. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, James Strong, S.T.D., L.L.D., Royal Publishers, Inc., Nashville, TN, 37203, A Concise Dictionary of the Words in The Greek Testament, #4100, p. 58
3. Eleanor L. Doan, Kid’s Stuff, Published by Regal Book Division, G/L Publications, Glendale, CA, 91209, Copyright 1970 by G/L Publications
4. Arthur W. Pink, Gleanings in Joshua, Moody Press, Chicago, Copyright 1964 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, p. 248