Faith is very important to God. What is Faith? One of the dictionary definitions is “belief in or loyalty to God”, another says “belief in someone or something.” Faith is so important that the Bible says it is impossible to please God without it (Heb 11:6). Why is this? One cannot have a relationship with God unless he believes God exists. One must also understand that God rewards those who diligently seek Him.
Faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:8) and it also comes from hearing God’s Word (Rom 10:17). Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is not easy or natural to believe in something we cannot see. Yet, the wonderful thing is that our faith is far from blind. It is based on God who has revealed himself to us through this world over and over by working through history and in time. We also have an innate knowledge of God as He has made Himself known to all mankind and we are thus without excuse (Rom 1). God has especially revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus Christ and through His written word, the Bible. Our Faith is based on God and His unfailing character, His trust-worthy promises, our assured hope and finally on the irrefutable truth of His Word.
When the going gets tough, I want to encourage you today, to Have F.A.I.T.H :
FACTS OVER FEELINGS – Remind ourselves of the facts. We know the promises God has given to us in His Word. We need to stand on the truth of His Word and believe that His love will never fail us and it endures forever (Psalm 136:1), even when we feel all the things we feel -such as doubt, fear or worry about tomorrow or the future.
ACKNOWLEDGE GOD IS IN CONTROL – We know that God is Sovereign (Rom 11:36). No matter what happens in our lives, none of it happens without God’s knowledge, power or authority. He has somehow for some reason allowed the circumstances you are in, to happen. Even if you made poor choices, He can turn it around for your good. He is always working something greater in you in your walk with Him.
I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED – (2 Tim 1:12). Ah, what a beautiful set of words! Such confidence! Paul knows. It is not what he knows but whom he knows that makes a difference. He has known Christ personally. So do we! This makes all the difference. We will not be disappointed because we have believed in the One who gave His all for us and He who began the good work will carry us till the end and finish what He started in us.
TRUST IN GOD DESPITE WHAT I SEE – To believe and continue to believe in God when one cannot see, this is the challenge for us as humans. When circumstances don’t seem to be going the way we want or when life seems to keep falling apart, there is a struggle in us to want to dwell on what we see with our natural eyes. We need to shut our natural eyes sometimes and open our spiritual eyes. We are reminded that what we see is temporary and what is unseen is eternal(2 Cor 4:18)! The joys of heaven, the future glory, seeing Jesus face-to-face -these are all unseen at present. As believers, we won’t set our gaze on the unseen if we don’t shut our eyes to the things of this world. We need to learn to practice seeing with our spiritual eyes. We know we have a glorious future to look forward to in Christ.
HAVING CONFIDENCE IN GOD – Our hope is in a God whose word does not fail EVER. Another thing to note is that we don’t always see God at work but we know He certainly is always at work, often behind-the-scenes. People who serve in this way, behind-the-scenes, often play a pivotal role, without whom things wouldn’t have gone as smoothly as they did, whether it is a school function or church play or office party. In the same way, God loves us and is at work in our lives. He knows what He is doing and He shows himself strong on behalf of those who trust in Him (2 Chron 16:9).
God has gifted us with FAITH and it sets those who believe in Him apart from those who don’t. Thank God for this amazing gift called Faith 🙂