The Training Wheels of Faith
As children, many of us went through the whole process of learning to ride a bike. We started off with training wheels while we learned to pedal, and eventually had faith in our abilities, trusting that we would be able to advance to just 2 wheels. For those who may have still been on the fence, we let go of only one training wheel, holding tight to the other, keeping it as our safety net. There were also those whose training wheels were so loose, they might as well be riding without them. They sometimes teeter-tottered back and forth, but were still scared to let go, fearing they might fall.
As believers, we tend to do the same thing. We start off having faith in God while having back up plan in case things don’t go our way. We have faith, but we don’t really trust him. As we continue to grow and change while seeing God work in our lives, we begin to fully function and move efficiently having faith that he will be there to protect us and keep us from falling. We have Him there only to use “just in case.” We keep those training wheels on.
Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this sycamine tree, Be you plucked up by the root, and be you planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Faith and trust go hand in hand. It can seem easy believe and have faith in God, but to act on it is to TRUST him, which can seem so hard at times.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Trusting takes you to a place of vulnerability. It requires you to give yourself completely, without doubt. It can be easy to say, “let go and let God” but to actually do it can seem difficult.
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
This is why practice is key. Just as in learning to ride a bike, the more time you spend with God, the easier it will be. Taking time out on a daily basis to exercise your faith and go into your prayer closet with God will make it easier for you to take off those training wheels and pedal with ease, fully trusting the Lord with any situation.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.
And like any path traveled, there may be bumps, holes, and road blocks in which you may even fall. Don’t let that be discouraging. You know what a mighty God we serve, so get up, brush off the dirt and hop back on your bike. Trust that He will get you to where you belong. You don’t need those training wheels anymore.