True Faith

John Koedyker

READ : Joel 2:22-27

You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else. (v. 27)

A lot has been said over the years about America being a Christian nation. To a certain extent that is true. The United States and Canada have both been shaped by Judeo-Christian values and beliefs. Christian Americans like to point to things like the phrase “One nation, under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and the motto we read on our coins, “In God we trust.” Obviously, not everyone believes those words. And those who do believe them don’t always follow them.

The majority of our citizens have some kind of faith, no doubt. But as some have pointed out, our North American Christianity can be a bit shallow. It has been described as a mile wide and an inch deep.

The verses in this section of Joel end with God’s desire that his people really know him. Not just on the surface, not just in name, but in a wholehearted, trusting kind of way. It’s what the Heidelberg Catechism is getting at when it describes true faith as “deep-rooted assurance.”

Katherine von Bora, the wife of Martin Luther, knew about this kind of trust. Her last words were, “I will cling to Christ as a burr to a topcoat.” Such intensity and commitment is what God desires from each of us.

PRAYER

Lord, help me to really know you. Amen.