This is a question that has been rattling around in my soul my whole life. It is an honest, not playful question.
When I was young, I was taught that we were to have faith that Jesus is our Savior. In college, I was taught that we were to have faith that God has a plan and we are to surrender to it. Shortly after college, I was taught that we were to have faith that God could do anything and lead us in a direct sort of way.
A few years back, I learned to have faith in the idea and reality of the Kingdom of God...that it is here-and-now and will become more and more fully here-and-now. Recently, I have thought that we are to have faith in what Jesus spoke of and its truthfulness...believing that he really meant what he said...and that we are called to it. The implications of a faith like this seem to be that we will live as if what we do matters, that we are not to distance ourselves from the life and acts of Jesus, and that perhaps we hold more weight in the equation than we thought.
But I wonder.
Some folks recently gave their own ideas on what it meant to have faith in God...that perhaps he has some grand scheme being worked out, or that he CAN do anything, but won't necessarily do ALL the things we have faith in him to do, or that perhaps we believe that goodness is prevailing in spite of all the evidence.
I just don't know. What do you think we are to have faith in? Lord knows I've tried to have faith in God, people, sacred texts, relationships, ideals, statistics. All of these things seem to fail on some level in my own experience.
I'm looking for real, thoughtful interaction here...not some "Just have faith that God is in control" bullshit. Don't simply tell me something you heard. I want to know you're experience. What do you have faith in?