Opinion: Rely on Faith Over Facts


Gracie Elliott

Applying the truth of God’s word to everyday life.

School’s canceled for another month, the number of infected is increasing, voting is postponed, the phrase ‘it’s only going to get worse’ is becoming something of the norm. Usually, I would say the news and the officials are correct, but with our current situation, I can’t afford to believe in that. If I were to put my faith in the facts and data and science behind all of this, I wouldn’t get out of bed. So I put my faith in something else, someone else: Jesus Christ. 

John chapter 11 is a narrative in the bible that talks of a man named Lazarus who was very sick. When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, he waited two days then began his trek to Judea to see him. However, Lazarus had already passed on by the time Jesus arrived. Lazarus was placed in a tomb and Jesus asked to see him. Martha, Lazarus’s sister, told Jesus that it probably wasn’t a good idea as there was a bad odor coming from the tomb. Finally, Jesus persuaded them to remove the stone. Then he called for Lazarus to come out, and Lazarus walked out. 

Tell me how the same God who raised Lazarus and his own son from the dead is going to fail us now? If that isn’t enough evidence, have you heard of a guy named Moses?

In Exodus 14, we learn of a man named Moses who is leading the Israelites, a group of people who originated from Israel. The only problem was that they found themselves trapped with the enemy on one side of them and the Red Sea on the other. With the enemy approaching, God told Moses to raise his staff, stretch his arms out across the sea, and split it in two. Just like that, the sea was separated, and the Israelites made it across safely. 

Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

God will always come through for us, but it’s not enough for us to just know that he will; we have to take it a step further and believe. We must start acting and talking like we know a miracle is on its way. 

In Matthew 21:22, Jesus states, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

One of the toughest things to do is to talk and act like you have faith that God is going to fight our battles. I didn’t realize it at first, but I am severely guilty of this. I would talk to certain people and tell them I know God has us in the palm of his hands. But, then I would go and talk to other people and say that it’s hopeless, that there’s no way things are going to get better. Recently, I have been catching myself and redirecting those thoughts and words with positivity, and I’ve started to really believe it. 

Hebrews 3:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” 

It’s easy to give in to fear and let it consume you, but I ask you to be courageous. Faith isn’t about being fearless– it’s about being fearful but believing anyway. 

I leave you with this, my favorite verse in the entire bible: Mark 5:36 “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”