The greatest challenge for believers in the midst of our present international challenge is how to balance faith with fact. The Apostle Paul says, "...for we walk by faith, not by sight—" (2 Corinthians 5:7) Sometimes faith and fact agree. But there are times when they disagree. So how do we balance faith with fact?
First and foremost, our existence is by faith. Paul said we enter this grace through faith. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;" (Ephesians 2:8-9) The author of the Book of Hebrews writes, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him (do His will), for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6) Our walk starts with faith, continues in faith, and finishes by faith.
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is not only trust in God, it is complete trust in His Word. Faith cannot exist without God's Word. Faith comes from God's Word. "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17) The more one studies, learns, prays, and confesses God's Word, the stronger their faith is! No Word, no faith. Without faith, even a born again believer will be tossed about like a kite loosed in the wind.
The Apostle James said "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind." (James 1:5-6) "For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:6) God generously gives wisdom, without reproach. But to receive His wisdom, we must be walking by faith in God and His Word. Wisdom is one's ability to apply the knowledge of God's Word in any and every situation, by faith. Wisdom is the God-given ability to balance faith and fact.
Faith always takes precedence over fact. What I mean is, when faith and fact clash, faith always is the greater force. Why? Because genuine faith is anchored in Jesus, and His powerful Word. Here's a good example. When you are battling a physical sickness, no one has to convince you that you are sick. In a natural sense, that's a fact. So what do you do? Of course you would take the necessary actions to get well and remain healthy. Faith on the other hand, reaches beyond the natural. Faith believes and applies God's Word to your situation. Faith says, "by His wounds you were healed." (See 1 Peter 2:24). Faith applied brings in the supernatural.
In the above example faith and fact collide with one another. True faith believes God's Word. True wisdom is two-fold: Take care of yourself and apply God's Word to the situation by prayer and confession. Taking medicine does not mean you have no faith. But let me say, God's best for you and me is that by walking in faith (applying the word) we walk in health. And when we are attacked by the enemy, we first apply the Word in faith, not allowing the symptoms to distract us from it! And if necessary, we should seek medical help.
Remember I said there are times when faith and fact collide? I see and hear many Christians propagating the facts about the corona virus more than faith in God's Word. Knowing how serious the virus is should motivate God's people to pump out God's Word more than ever! Again, faith comes from hearing the Word of God. But a constant pumping out of the negative destroys rather than builds faith.
Christian believer, you are here for such a time as this. You are here to be a light in a very dark world at this very time. STOP pumping out the negative! Believe me, someone else will do it. Instead, propagate the Word of God! According to Jesus, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away." (Matthew 24:35)
I have no doubt this crisis will pass. Connie and I are doing everything we know (as directed by government and health officials) to stop the spread of it. But above all, we are trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ! We are pleading the covering of His blood over us and our families and the nations. We are confessing the Word of God and walking in faith. Faith and fact have collided through this crisis. We choose faith over fact, because Jesus is greater! He said, "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) Do you believe this? Yes? Then walk in it!