I've been reading a book entitled A More Excellent Way, by Henry W. Wright, and it was what he had to say about faith and fear that suddenly triggered this aha moment for me. Not that it was an original concept or something I hadn't already heard many times before from a variety of sources, but until last night, it never actually hit home in a way that set all the lightbulbs to flashing.
There really is no such thing as a lack of faith. We all have faith in something. It's just a matter of what we choose to believe. Will it be the truth as found in the Word of God, or will it be the lies of the enemy?
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Well, so is fear the evidence of things not seen, but instead of it being the substance of things hoped for, it is the substance of things we don't want to have happen to us, the substance of the things we don't hope for at all. Light and darkness, faith and fear, two sides of the same coin.
When we have faith, we put our trust in what the Word says about God's plan for our future. Fear, on the other hand, is believing the lies of Satan (which usually have some element of truth mixed in so as to make it easier for him to deceive us). When we do this, we give him the power to destroy our faith, and ultimately, the future God had planned for us.
I don't know about you, but this surely has created an urgency in me to delve deeper into the word so I won't be deceived by half truths.