The End of Faith

Over the weekend, I attended a moving memorial service for a man who had fought the good fight and had finished the race. It was one of those services where they sing the old gospel songs, causing you to immediately look up and long for heaven! As I listened intently, one line in one song took hold of my mind and my heart, and it answered a question I had never thought to ask –

What is the end of faith?

First though, What is Faith? What exactly is ending?

According to Merriam-Webster, Faith is:

  1. 1a  :  allegiance to duty or a person :  loyalty  b (1)  :  fidelity to one’s promises  (2)  :  sincerity of intentions

  2. 2a (1)  :  belief and trust in and loyalty to God  (2)  :  belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1)  :  firm belief in something for which there is no proof  (2)  :  complete trust

  3. 3:  something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially  :  a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>

For those who believe in the Bible, you know faith is crucial. I deeply love the Biblical definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1 – “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” 
Granted, there is strong evidence of the historical accuracy of the Bible, and there are many things that make sense logically as well, but the fact remains, we have not seen the object of our faith.
We can’t SEE Jesus. We see evidence of Him all around us, but we don’t see Him – His physical presence. What this means is that our faith is not a blind faith. Those who know Jesus personally know He moves in our hearts, and trusting Him is never a blind leap – even if we have not heard all of the tangible evidence.
Another faith quote struck my heart today. Martin Luther shares that:

Faith IS NOT saying ok – I’ll go along. Faith is transferring all of your trust into the object of your faith. For me, my trust is in Jesus. Clearly, Martin Luther says we must allow ourselves to be seized by Him – to be taken hold of or taken over by His love and all that He is.

But what is the end of faith?

We spend this life trusting, believing, and sharing, but what is at the end? What comes of all of this faith we have lived out?

If faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, the end of it must mean we no longer have a certainty in what we do not see and we no longer hold to a hope.

The answer to the question “What is the end of faith?” is found in the song Sweet Beulah Land, by Squire Parsons, written in 1973. This southern gospel version is based on the gospel-hymn written by Edgar Page Stites in the late 1800s.

I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never, never been before
No sad goodbyes up there will be spoken
Time won’t matter anymore

Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
And some day on thee I’ll stand
And there my home shall be eternal
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land

I’m looking out across the river
To where my faith is gonna end in sight
There’s just a few, few more days

We’re all gonna have to labor
Then I’m gonna take my heavenly flight

Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
And some day on thee I’ll stand
And there my, my home shall be eternal
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land

And there my home shall be eternal
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land

Or as Saint Augustine said,
Is it just me, or do these gospel songs drip with theological depth that soaks into the soul and creates a longing to live for Jesus and to see Him face-to-face?!
I walked through the door of a funeral home in a tiny town in Oklahoma with the intent of supporting a dear friend. I left reminded of the importance of running the good race and with a renewed longing to see Jesus face-to-face.


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