Faithing, a term I’ve coined, attempts to join two dynamics that must be mysteriously combined in order for faith to actually exist:
- Dynamic 1: The intellectual assent of the objective truth that God does exist and undergirds all life and living, not to mention any particular movement of the believer.
- Dynamic 2: The in-the-moment-trust and implementation-in-the-actual-moment of life where the believer is “having faith.”
An example would be the moment when Peter steps out of the boat and actually walks on water. Peter, in that instant, was faithing. It’s getting at what both Hebrews 11:1 and 11:6 are saying: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen . . . And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:1 & 6, ESV).
Faithing, then, is the in-the-moment mystery of actually trusting in God and His sustaining power. It’s that “transactional” “mysterious” reality that’s more than “having” faith; it’s “implementing” faith, actively, actually, and authentically.