As you grow in your Christian faith, you will come to place where you will raise questions that the answers may, in a terrifying way, appear to be in conflict with another truth in God’s Word. The fear of committing heresy or falling into some other sin may hinder you from further exploring these questions and where they may lead to. For instance, you dream and hope for more in life, but you also remember the part of Scripture that tells you to be content; you’re told to embrace the peace of God, but you cannot shake away the concerns you have toward issues you’ve witnessed in the world, or the awkward responsibility you feel toward solving them; you long to open your arms to the hurting and unbelieving world, but you’re reminded that bad company corrupts good character, etc. In your young faith, all these, and more, present a dilemma in your soul.
The good news is, these circumstances all raise good questions which when humbly submitted to God, the answers received will grow one’s faith in more ways than they could’ve ever imagined. In fact, it can be rightly said that it is the Holy Spirit who leads one to ask these questions so that the individual can receive revelations from God that will lead them into a deeper relationship with Him outside mere religious practices, and will also increase the yearning to do more for His kingdom. On the other hand, the repercussion of not confronting these questions can place one on a path to foolish legalism that leads to nowhere but further bondage of the individual and those within their sphere of influence. This, however, is no excuse to accommodate complacency where faith is concerned.
While there isn’t a step-by-step plan to grow one’s faith, the Holy Spirit is faithful in leading us to a path that we can safely call the Paradox Way of Life, where seemingly conflicting principles work together in harmony when tempered with God’s wisdom and grace, allowing us to successfully navigate our life in this place of paradox. This is why even though the Holy Spirit pours into your soul the ability to remain content in God, God still places on your heart desires that cause you to want to achieve more in line with your destiny, and gives you the courage to do so. This is why He teaches you to be still before Him and embrace His peace, but also allows your heart to be troubled by the injustice and depravity that you witness in the world, so that you’re stirred up enough to step forward and to do something about it—you learn the difference between worry and concern: While worry leads one to ignore faith and drown in fear, concern, on the other hand, leads you to courageously take up the responsibility of fighting wrong and injustice. This paradox is also the reason why wisdom teaches that, yes, bad company does corrupt good character, but by this same wisdom and His grace, you can open your arms to love a hurting and unbelieving world, but not be corrupted by it. So many other scenarios abound. But in all these things, the Word of God is not in conflict with itself as the world has come to believe. It is alive, and full of hope and love, and is able to instruct and lead us to achieve the seemingly impossible. This is what it means to live the Paradox Way of Life!
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category.
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