Scripture

Hebrews 11:1-2; 8; 24-27

1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

Reflection

The Deep End is a book by Pastor David Alexander that expresses his own personal experiences and thoughts about how we grow in faith. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reading scripture, along with excerpts from The Deep End, to reflect on our own experiences of faith.  

In the Introduction of the book he writes, “In my experience, the process of finding faith often feels like we are losing faith.” He goes on to say, “It requires that we let go of what we thought we knew to embrace the mystery that is beyond ourselves. It involves trusting in the One who we believe is out there beckoning us to a place of deeper faith and commitment. Growth often demands a sacrifice and sometimes that sacrifice is leaving behind the comfort of what we thought we knew for the uncertainty of what we have yet to discover.”

Pastor David shares his story of watching his son learn to swim as an illustration for the process of finding faith. As he watched his son become more and more comfortable in the water, he remembered something he once heard another pastor say, “I want to have the kind of faith that allows me to swim in the deep end.” This led Pastor David to write, “Learning to swim involved learning to let go. Putting your face in the water and letting go of the side of the pool is not as easy as it may seem. Until you do, swimming is impossible. But as soon as you do, you find yourself doing something you could not do before. Growth often demands a sacrifice and sometimes that sacrifice is leaving behind the comfort of what we thought we knew for the uncertainty of what we have yet to discover.”

What do you think about this idea of having the kind of faith that allows you to swim in the deep end? How do you think this idea of “deep end” faith connects with our scripture reading for today?

In the scripture reading, the words “visible” and “invisible” stood out to me. Which words stood out to you?

Prayer

Holy God, thank you for your grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me more faith in you and more assurance in your love for me. Amen.


(If you’d like to obtain your own copy of The Deep End, by Pastor David, email Chrissy Smith at chrissys@fmcm.org.)