Ants are creatures of the earth. They have a very particular way of doing things. There exist classes within the ant colony and within that colony every ant has a job. To our knowledge, all ants behave according to their instinct, according to a set of instructions that empowers their continued existence.
People too, are creatures of the earth. But there is a component to human activity that seems to multiply our earthly capacity. Faith is one of these unique capacities.
In her history, theologians once wrote to Israel,
Yahweh loved you and chose you not ⌊because of your great number⌋
exceeding all other peoples, for you are fewer than all of the peoples, but
because of the love of Yahweh for you and because of his keeping of the
sworn oath that he swore to your ancestors, Yahweh brought you out
with a strong hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from
the hand of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 7.7-9)
This voice of scripture encourages us by communicating that God has deliberately acted to extend grace. As I see it, human faith is a catalyst that activates this Divine grace, blessing each moment of our lives and keeping us connected to the One who makes all things possible.
- glen edward quiring
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