An article written by my father, the Rev. C. Thomas Paige, as it appeared in the Tri-State Defender on the date shown.
The rising tide of doubt in our day and time is justifiable reason for concern on the part of each of us.
Never before in the history of mankind have so many people been bogged down in life because of the fears that haunt us. A conversation with any man on the street closes out with the sentiment, “I would if I could but I don’t think I can.”
Many of us find ourselves in deplorable conditions that could easily be overcome if somewhere in our lives we could reach back and grab a little faith that what we are trying to do can be done. Men in all walks of life today are so filled with fears that only a dynamic and meaningful faith in God will remedy their condition.
Life is so designed that, under many of our skies, we must reach back and find a sustaining faith. I have seen many people who were upon their beds of affliction and, after having talked with their doctors, I’m told one thing is lacking: the will to want to get well. Regardless to how small the patient’s sickness might be, regardless to the many forms of good medicine that might be administered, the patient must have the will to want to get well himself if the medicine is going to do any good.
A SICK WORLD
We live in a sick world. Everything we see points to the fact that men in all walks of life are sick. Yet the medicine is right at hand. Even with the nearness of the medicine, our fears, insecurities, doubts and uncertain lives are still with us. For some unknown reason, we don’t seem to be able to rise above them. But we must! Although we are chained with fears, insecurities, doubts and the like, there is a way out: through faith in God.
Men are trying all the avenues to find rest for their weary souls. Some try to satisfy their unrest through fine homes, bank accounts, big cars, elaborate vacations and the like. Many of these things bring about happiness and peace of mind for a season – but only for a season. After the season has passed, they find themselves right back where they were at first.
Some sustaining force must come into each of our lives. Each one of us must be able to look without himself and there find something that will sustain him in life’s darkest hours. There must be some invisible force that will enable us to find ourselves once we are lost.
In this life, each one sometimes finds himself at the end of his wits. We find that within ourselves, we have gone as far as we can. We find ourselves wandering around in a deep darkness, unable to find a way out. It is during such hours that we normally turn to God, through our faith in Him, and ask for a way out. Something must dispel the darkness, gloom, despair, and uncertainties that engulf our world.
TURN TO FAITH
Somewhere, the faith that has characterized people down through the ages must once again come into the lives of modern individuals and once again make us a generation of people who will once again envision the things that are highest and noblest in our world. The rising tide of doubt must be dispelled and it can be by faith.
Whatever our lot in this world, we must once again turn to a faith that will enable us to measure up to the greatest expectations of our fellow man and our God.