What faith does
Some people think that if you have enough faith
life will be plain sailing for you.
But this is not so.
The fact that we can swim doesn’t prevent us
from being knocked about by the waves.
In the same way faith doesn’t shield us
from the hard knocks of life or death.
What, then, does faith do?
It gives us bearings and thus enables us
to live in a topsy-turvy world
without getting lost or giving in to despair.
Just as swimmers trust that if they don’t panic,
and if they do a few simple things,
then the power of the sea will uphold them.
so believers entrust their lives
to a power greater than themselves,
a power greater than us all.
This power is the power of God,
who brought his Son, Jesus, back from the dead.